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FAR RIN: 9000-AO11 Publication ID: Spring 2023 
Title: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2020-008, Prohibition on Criminal History Inquiries by Contractors Prior to Conditional Offer 

DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 1123 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (Pub. L. 116-92), which added at 41 U.S.C. 4714 and 10 U.S.C. 2339 prohibitions related to criminal history inquiries on individuals competing for or applying to work on Federal contracts.  Per the statute, a contractor may not request criminal history record information on an applicant for a position related to work under a contract before the contractor has extended a conditional offer to the applicant for that position.  In addition, the Federal Government may not request criminal history record information on an individual or sole proprietor who is competing on a Federal Government contract, unless that individual is the apparently successful offeror. This proposed rule implements the statutory prohibition and the associated procedures and exceptions.


Agency: DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)(FAR)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 48 CFR 22   
Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c)    10 U.S.C. chapter 4    10 U.S.C. chapter 137 legacy provisions    10 U.S.C. 3016    51 U.S.C. 20113   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory    12/21/2021 

Overall Description of Deadline: Applies to contracts awarded after the effective date in section 122(b)(2) of Pub. L. 116-92 or one year after enactment.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/00/2024 
NPRM Comment Period End  03/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Jennifer Hawes
Procurement Analyst
1800 F Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20405
Phone:202 969-7386