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DOD/DARC RIN: 0750-AH07 Publication ID: Spring 2011 
Title: ●Ships Bunkers Easy Acquisition (SEA) Card® and Aircraft Ground Services (DFARS Case 2009-D019)  
Abstract: This rule amends the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to allow the use of U.S. Government fuel cards in lieu of a Purchase Order-Invoice-Voucher for fuel, oil, and refueling-related items for purchases not exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold. These proposed changes impact the use of both the SEA Card® and the AIR Card®. The military services and the U.S. Coast Guard have small vessels that must procure fuel away from their home stations. Due to their smaller size and unique mission requirements, these vessels are unable to use the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) bunkers contracts at major seaports. DoD proposes to add language at DFARS section 213.306-70(a)(1)(A) to include purchases of marine fuel, oil, and refueling-related items using the SEA Card® in lieu of the SF 44 up to the simplified acquisition threshold. Previously, DFARS 213.306(a)(1)(A) authorized only the use of the Aviation Into-plane Reimbursement (AIR) Card® up to the simplified acquisition threshold specifically for aviation fuel and oil. Refueling stops often include other ground services that exceed the micro-purchase threshold. Due to port restrictions on vessel movements, bunkering merchants do not typically provide support to smaller vessels. These smaller vessels frequent "marina-type merchants." Small vessels fulfill valid mission needs in direct support of national security. Unlike larger vessels with more predictable movements, small vessels' needs are often unpredictable and far-reaching geographically. Adding language at DFARS 213.306-70 (a)(1)(A) to include additional ground services for the AIR Card® and the use of the SEA Card® will improve the refueling capability of aircraft and smaller vessels at non-contract locations. Because substituting use of a fuel card for the Purchase Order-Invoice-Voucher SF 44, will not have a significant effect beyond DoD's internal operating procedures, any economic impact is expected to be minimal. 
Agency: Department of Defense(DOD)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 48 CFR 213   
Legal Authority: 410 USC 421   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/00/2011    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
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