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FAR RIN: 9000-AO27 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: ●Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR); FAR Case 2021-010, Subcontracting to Puerto Rican and Other Small Businesses 

DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 861 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (Pub. L. 115-232), as implemented by the Small Business Administration's final rule published October 16, 2020 (85 FR 66146). Section 861 of the NDAA for FY 2019 provides contracting incentives to mentors that subcontract to protege firms that are Puerto Rican businesses. Specifically, a mentor that provides a subcontract to a protégé that has its principal office located in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico may receive positive consideration for the mentor's past performance evaluation, and apply costs incurred for providing training to such protege toward the subcontracting goals contained in the subcontracting plan of the mentor. This FAR case also implements SBA’s final rule which added clarifying language to recognize that prime contractors may rely on the self-certifications of their subcontractors provided they do not have a reason to doubt any specific self-certification. Lastly, this FAR case implements changes to SBA’s regulations at 13 CFR 125.3(b)(2) which clarify that an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) owned firm that does not individually qualify as small but counts as a small business or a small disadvantaged business for subcontracting goaling purposes under 43 U.S.C. 1626(e)(4)(B) is not currently required to submit a subcontracting plan. This rule promotes equity in Federal procurement.


Agency: DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)(FAR)  Priority: Other Significant 
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 19   
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  05/00/2022 
NPRM Comment Period End  07/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State 
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:
Malissa Jones
Procurement Analyst
1800 F Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20405
Phone:703 605-2815