Brief: Procurement made simple

The civilian and defense Federal Acquisition Regulation councils published an interim rule in the Jan. 27 Federal Register that simplifies how agencies buy for defense or recovery from terrorist attacks.

The Homeland Security Act of 2002 called for the change, which will last until Nov. 24. The rule doubles the simplified acquisition threshold to $200,000. The limit on credit card purchases rises to $7,500.

The rule waives two other restrictions: the sole-source threshold of $3 million for contracts to non-manufacturing companies in the 8(a) and Historically Underutilized Business Zone programs, and the $5 million limit on commercial items being developed under test programs.

Comments on the rule are due by March 28 to .


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