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Simplified Acquisition Procedures for Federal Purchases


Ronald L. Straight
Ronald L. Straight, Professor, School of Business, Howard University, 202/806-1531;

89th Annual International Conference Proceedings - 2004 - Philadelphia, PA

Simplified acquisition procedures for federal purchases include everything from very small purchase card transactions up to purchases of commercially available supplies and services of up to $5,000,000 per order. During fiscal year 2002, this amounted to nearly 8 million contracting actions, totaling over $15 billion dollars. (FPDC) This paper discusses the policies and procedures generally used by Government buyers to acquire supplies and services under the rules of Part 13 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), using a variety of purchasing methods collectively known as simplified methods. This generally covers all items bought below the micro-purchase threshold of $2,500 and those covered under the simplified acquisition procedures (SAP) threshold of $100,000 (higher in certain national security areas), in addition to purchases of commercial items up to $5,000,000.

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