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DOD/DARC RIN: 0750-AG95 Publication ID: Spring 2011 
Title: ●Government Support Contractor Access to Technical Data (DFARS Case 2009-D031)  
Abstract: This rule amends the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement section 821 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010. Section 821 provides authority for certain types of Government support contractors to have access to proprietary technical data belonging to prime contractors and other third parties, provided that the technical data owner may require the support contractor to execute a non-disclosure agreement having certain restrictions and remedies. Additionally, this rule amends the DFARS to provide needed editorial changes. The rule implements a new third statutory exception to the prohibition on release of privately developed data outside the Government, allowing a covered Government support contractor access to, and use of, any technical data delivered under a contract for the sole purpose of furnishing independent and impartial advice or technical assistance directly to the Government in support of the Government's management and oversight of the program or effort to which such technical data relates. The rule also provides a definition of "covered Government support contractor" as contractor under a contract, whose primary purpose is to furnish independent and impartial advice or technical assistance directly to the Government in support of the Government's management and oversight of a program or effort . A "covered Government support contractor" must meet certain criteria identified in the rule and provide certain assurances to the Government to protect the proprietary and nonpublic nature of the technical data furnished to the covered Government support contractor, to include signing a non-disclosure agreement. The rule affects small businesses that are Government support contractors that need access to proprietary technical data belonging to prime contractors and other third parties. There are no known significant alternatives to the rule that would meet the requirements of the statute and minimize any significant economic impact of the rule on small entities. The impact of this rule on small business is not expected to be significant because the execution of a non-disclosure agreement is not likely to have a significant cost or administrative impact. 
Agency: Department of Defense(DOD)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 48 CFR ch 1     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: PL 111-84   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  03/02/2011  76 FR 11363   
Interim Final Rule Effective Date  03/02/2011    
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  05/02/2011    
Final Action  08/00/2011    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Ynette R. Shelkin
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System
Department of Defense
Defense Acquisition Regulations Council
OUSD/AT&L DPAP/DARS, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Room 3B855,
Washington, DC 20301-3060
Phone:571 372-6089
Email: ynette.shelkin@osd.mil