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parts, and (B) commercially derived engines for use in supporting the purchase of commercial-derivative aircraft for use in airlift and tanker requirements (including engine replacement and upgrades) and the air vehicle component for airborne warning and control systems. For purposes of a potential complement or alternative to the C-17 program, nondevelopmental airlift aircraft engine shall be considered a commercial-derivative engine.
(b) PILOT PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION.-[Paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) amended in their entirety the texts of sections 833, 837, and 838 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994 (Public Law 103-160) [set forth beginning on page 354].]
(4) Not later than 45 days after the date of the enactment of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 [Oct. 13, 1994), the Secretary of Defense shall identify for each defense acquisition program participating in the pilot program quantitative measures and goals for reducing acquisition management costs.
(5) For each defense acquisition program participating in the pilot program, the Secretary of Defense shall establish a review process that provides senior acquisition officials with reports on the minimum necessary data items required to ensure the appropriate expenditure of funds appropriated for the program and that
(A) contain essential information on program results at appropriate intervals, including the criteria to be used in measuring the success of the program; and
(B) reduce data requirements from the current program review reporting requirements.
(c) SPECIAL AUTHORITY.-The authority delegated under subsection (a) may include authority for the Secretary of Defense
(1) to apply any amendment or repeal of a provision of law made in this Act to the pilot programs before the effective date of such amendment or repeal; and
(2) to apply to a procurement of items other than commercial items under such programs
(A) any authority provided in this Act (or in an amendment made by a provision of this Act) to waive a provision of law in the case of commercial items, and
(B) any exception applicable under this Act (or an amendment made by a provision of this Act) in the case of commercial items,
before the effective date of such provision (or amendment) to the extent that the Secretary determines necessary to test the application of such waiver or exception to procurements of items other than commercial items.
(d) APPLICABILITY.-(1) Subsection (c) applies with respect to(A) a contract that is awarded or modified during the period described in paragraph (2); and
(B) a contract that is awarded before the beginning of such period and is to be performed (or may be performed), in whole or in part, during such period.
(2) The period referred to in paragraph (1) is the period that begins 45 days after the date of the enactment of this Act [Oct. 13, 1994] and ends on September 30, 1998.
(e) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.-Nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing the appropriation or obligation of funds for the programs designated for participation in the defense acquisition pilot program under the authority of subsection (a).
SEC. 5093. SENSE OF CONGRESS ON NEGOTIATED RULEMAKING. (a) FINDINGS.-The Congress finds the following:
(1) The use of negotiated rulemaking or similar policy discussion group techniques can be an appropriate tool for(A) fostering effective implementation of, and compliance with, laws and regulations;
(B) avoiding litigation; and
(C) achieving more productive and equitable relationships between the Federal Government and the regulated segments of the private sector.
(2) The use of negotiated rulemaking or similar techniques in Federal procurement regulations could be appropriate given the extreme complexity and intricate interactions between buyer and seller in Federal procurements.
(b) SENSE OF CONGRESS.-It is the sense of Congress that, in prescribing acquisition regulations, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council should consider using negotiated rulemaking procedures in appropriate circumstances in accordance with sections 561 through 570 of title 5, United States Code, or similar techniques intended to achieve the benefits described in subsection (a)(1).
TITLE VII-SMALL BUSINESS AND
Subtitle A-Small Business Laws
SEC. 7102. [15 U.S.C. 644 note] CONTRACTING PROGRAM FOR CERTAIN
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS.
(a) PROCUREMENT PROCEDURES AUTHORIZED.-(1) To facilitate the attainment of a goal for the participation of small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals that is established for a Federal agency pursuant to section 15(g)(1) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(g)(1)), 6 the head of the agency may enter into contracts using
(A) less than full and open competition by restricting the competition for such awards to small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals described in subsection (d)(3)(C) of section 8 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637); and
Section 15(g) of the Small Business Act is set forth beginning on page 633.
(B) a price evaluation preference not in excess of 10 percent when evaluating an offer received from such a small business concern as the result of an unrestricted solicitation.
(2) Paragraph (1) does not apply to the Department of Defense, the Coast Guard, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
(b) IMPLEMENTATION THROUGH THE FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION.
(1) IN GENERAL.-The Federal Acquisition Regulation shall be revised to provide for uniform implementation of the authority provided in subsection (a).
(2) MATTERS TO BE ADDRESSED.-The revisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation made pursuant to paragraph (1) shall include
(A) conditions for the use of advance payments;
(B) provisions for contract payment terms that provide for
(i) accelerated payment for work performed during the period for contract performance; and
(ii) full payment for work performed;
(C) guidance on how contracting officers may use, in solicitations for various classes of products or services, a price evaluation preference pursuant to subsection (a)(1)(B), to provide a reasonable advantage to small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals without effectively eliminating any participation of other small business concerns; and
(D)(i) procedures for a person to request the head of a Federal agency to determine whether the use of competitions restricted to small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals at a contracting activity of such agency has caused a particular industry category to bear a disproportionate share of the contracts awarded to attain the goal established for that contracting activity; and
(ii) guidance for limiting the use of such restricted competitions in the case of any contracting activity and class of contracts determined in accordance with such procedures to have caused a particular industry category to bear a disproportionate share of the contracts awarded to attain the goal established for that contracting activity. (c) TERMINATION.-This section shall cease to be effective at the end of September 30, 2000.
SEC. 7104. [15 U.S.C. 644 note] SMALL BUSINESS PROCUREMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL.
(a) ESTABLISHMENT.-There is hereby established an interagency council to be known as the "Small Business Procurement Advisory Council" (hereinafter in this section referred to as the "Council").
(b) DUTIES.-The duties of the Council are
(1) to develop positions on proposed procurement regulations affecting the small business community; and
(2) to submit comments reflecting such positions to appropriate regulatory authorities.
(c) MEMBERSHIP.-The Council shall be composed of the following members:
(1) The Administrator of the Small Business Administration (or the designee of the Administrator).
(2) The Director of the Minority Business Development Agency.
(3) The head of each Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (established under section 15(k) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(k)) in each Federal agency having procurement powers.
(d) CHAIRMAN.-The Council shall be chaired by the Administrator of the Small Business Administration.
(e) MEETINGS.-The Council shall meet at the call of the chairman as necessary to consider proposed procurement regulations affecting the small business community. fecting
(f) CONSIDERATION OF COUNCIL COMMENTS.-The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council and other appropriate regulatory authorities shall consider comments submitted in a timely manner pursuant to subsection (b)(2).
SEC. 7107. [41 U.S.C. 405 note] DEVELOPMENT OF DEFINITIONS REGARDING CERTAIN SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS.
(a) REVIEW REQUIRED.-(1) The Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy shall conduct a comprehensive review of Federal laws, as in effect on November 1, 1994, to identify and catalogue all of the provisions in such laws that define (or describe for definitional purposes) the small business concerns set forth in paragraph (2) for purposes of authorizing the participation of such small business concerns as prime contractors or subcontractors in—
(A) contracts awarded directly by the Federal Government or subcontracts awarded under such contracts; or
(B) contracts and subcontracts funded, in whole or in part, by Federal financial assistance under grants, cooperative agreements, or other forms of Federal assistance.
(2) The small business concerns referred to in paragraph (1) are as follows:
(A) Small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
(B) Minority-owned small business concerns.
(C) Small business concerns owned and controlled by
(D) Woman-owned small business concerns.
(b) MATTERS TO BE DEVELOPED.-On the basis of the results of the review carried out under subsection (a), the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy shall develop
(1) uniform definitions for the small business concerns referred to in subsection (a)(2);
(2) uniform agency certification standards and procedures
(A) determinations of whether a small business concern qualifies as a small business concern referred to in subsection (a)(2) under an applicable standard for purposes of contracts and subcontracts referred to in subsection (a)(1); and
(B) reciprocal recognition by an agency of a decision of another agency regarding whether a small business concern qualifies as a small business concern referred to in subsection (a)(2) for such purposes; and
(3) such other related recommendations as the Administrator determines appropriate consistent with the review results.
(c) PROCEDURES AND SCHEDULE.-(1) The Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy shall provide for the participation in the review and activities under subsections (a) and (b) by representatives of
(A) the Small Business Administration (including the Office of the Chief Counsel for Advocacy);
(B) the Minority Business Development Agency of the Department of Commerce;
(C) the Department of Transportation;
(D) the Environmental Protection Agency; and
(E) such other executive departments and agencies as the Administrator considers appropriate.
(2) In carrying out subsections (a) and (b), the Administrator shall consult with representatives of organizations representing(A) minority-owned business enterprises;
(B) women-owned business enterprises; and
(C) other organizations that the Administrator considers appropriate.
(3) Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall publish in the Federal Register a notice which
(A) lists the provisions of law identified in the review carried out under subsection (a);
(B) describes the matters to be developed on the basis of the results of the review pursuant to subsection (b);
(C) solicits public comment regarding the matters described in the notice pursuant to subparagraphs (A) and (B) for a period of not less than 60 days; and
(D) addresses such other matters as the Administrator considers appropriate to ensure the comprehensiveness of the review and activities under subsections (a) and (b).
(d) REPORT.-Not later than May 1, 1996, the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy shall submit to the Committees on Small Business of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on the results of the review carried out under subsection (a) and the actions taken under subsection (b). The report shall include a discussion of the results of the review, a description of the consultations conducted and public comments received, and the Administrator's recommendations with regard to the matters identified under subsection (b).