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FAR RIN: 9000-AM93 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014-002; Set-Asides Under Multiple Award Contracts 

DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement regulatory changes regarding procedures for the use of small business partial set-asides, reserves, and orders placed under multiple-award contracts. This rule incorporates statutory requirements in section 1331 of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (15 U.S.C. 644(r)) and regulatory requirements in the Small Business Administration's final rule dated October 2, 2013.

Due to their inherent flexibility, competitive nature, and administrative efficiency, multiple award contracts are commonly used in Federal procurement. They have proven to be an effective means of contracting for large quantities of supplies and services for which the quantity and delivery requirements cannot be definitively determined at contract award. However, prior to 2011, the FAR was largely silent on the use of acquisition strategies to promote small business participation in conjunction with multiple-award contracts. This rule increases small business participation in Federal prime contracts by ensuring that small businesses have greater access to multiple award contracts, clarifying the procedures for partially setting aside and reserving multiple-award contracts for small business; and setting aside orders placed under multiple-award contracts for small business. This rule ensures that small businesses will have greater access to these commonly used vehicles.

Agency: DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)(FAR)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 48 CFR 2    48 CFR 4    48 CFR 7    48 CFR 8    48 CFR 9    48 CFR 10    48 CFR 13    48 CFR 15    48 CFR 16    48 CFR 19    48 CFR 42    48 CFR 52   
Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c)    10 U.S.C. ch. 137    51 U.S.C. 20113   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/06/2016  81 FR 88072   
NPRM Comment Period End  02/06/2017 
Final Rule  12/00/2018 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Mahruba Uddowla
Procurement Analyst
1800 F Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20405
Phone:703 605-2868