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DOD/DARC RIN: 0750-AG96 Publication ID: Spring 2011 
Title: ●Independent Research and Development Technical Descriptions (DFARS Case 2010-D011) 
Abstract: This rule amends the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to require contractors to report independent research and development (IR&D) projects generating annual costs in excess of $50,000 to the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC). Beginning in the 1990s, DoD reduced its technical exchanges with industry, in part to ensure independence of IR&D. The result has been a loss of linkage between funding and technological purpose. The reporting requirements, as mandated by 10 U.S.C. 2372, will provide in-process information from DoD-sponsored IR&D projects to increase effectiveness by providing visibility into the technical content of industry IR&D activities to meet DoD needs and promote the technical prowess of the industry. Without the collection of this information, DoD will be unable to maximize the value of the IR&D funds disbursed without infringing on the independence of contractors to choose which technologies to pursue in IR&D programs. Reporting the IR&D projects utilizing the DTIC on-line input form does not require contractors to expend significant effort or cost. Furthermore, the threshold for reporting annual IR&D costs in excess of $50,000, as set forth in the rule, ensures that the IR&D project reporting requirements will not apply to a significant number of small entities. Therefore, economic impact is expected to be minimal. 
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 
CFR Citation: 48 CFR ch 1     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 10 USC 2372    41 USC 421   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/02/2011  76 FR 11414   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/02/2011    
Final Action  08/00/2011    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
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