DOD’s Proposed Acquisition Rule Changes Faltering in Congress

May 15, 2012

Recently, Defense Department leadership asked Congress to change acquisition laws that open the door to systemic abuse – but the House so far has declined to alter the rules. However, a last-minute change of plans is keeping the rule change on the table, throwing the future commercial of-a-type acquisition into question.

DOD gave Congress a number of proposed legislative changes for consideration in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, and many of them were incorporated. Omitted was a proposal to more narrowly define commercial of-a-type acquisition, designed make it easier for the government to buy everyday items similar to those sold in the private sector.

Now, a late amendment has been offered on the House floor to include changes to U.S. Federal Acquisition Regulation language governing commercial of-a-type acquisition, according to Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president for national Security and procurement policy at TechAmerica. It's unclear whether the amendment will be considered.

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