DOD, GSA, and NASA Extend Authority to Use Simplified Acquisition Procedures for Certain Commercial Items

April 9, 2013

DOD, GSA, and NASA Extend Authority to Use Simplified Acquisition Procedures for Certain Commercial Items

On February 28, 2013, the Department of Defense (DOD), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a final rule pushing back the “sunset” date for Federal Acquisition Regulation 13.5’s test program allowing for the use of simplified acquisition procedures for the procurement of certain commercial items not exceeding $6.5 million in value. The test program had been scheduled to expire in 2012, but the new final rule extends the program until January 1, 2015. The final rule implements section 882 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Pub. L. 112-239). The final rule became effective February 28, 2013. (78 Fed. Reg. 13767, 2/28/2013.) 

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