This thesis examines the impact on the purchase card program of increasing the Micro-purchase Threshold and Simplified Acquisition Threshold within the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994. A risk assessment will be conducted to compare purchase card programs of the respective Services within the Department of Defense. The thesis will emphasize the affect of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 upon the management, policies, and procedures of the purchase card program. Moreover, barriers and possible difficulties in implementing the Simplified Acquisition Threshold within the purchase card program will be discussed. Lastly, recommendations will be proposed for successful implementation and guidance for using the General Services Administration Government-wide Commercial Purchase Card Program. (AN)
This research reviews the current opportunity, due to the changes resulting from the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA), for the DoD to consolidate field contracting by region rather than by each Service at the installation level. The intent of this research is to look at past consolidations and the successes attained as a result of the consolidation. In addition, recent consolidations in areas other than contracting were analyzed for the savings yielded DoD. Questionnaires were sent to field contracting offices of all Services to determine the affect of FASA. The results of these surveys showed that there will be a significant change in the number of large contracts procured as a result of FASA, and there will be minimal impact on the simplified purchase threshold. Recommendations include: (1) Contracting offices should be consolidated into area DoD offices in order to maximize the efficiency of contracting at the field contracting level; (2) consolidation should be accomplished in coordination with the fielding of the Standard Procurement System over the next five years by DoD; and (3) simplified purchases should be left at the installation level with direct supervision by the district office.
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited; The Small Business Act, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), numerous policy updates, and memorandums direct the Department of the Navys acquisition community to maximize small business awards and increase access by nontraditional suppliers. This Joint Applied Project (JAP) examines the barriers, tools, and best practices of small business contracting in the simplified acquisition environment, with particular emphasis on targeting requirements and industries for award to small and non-traditional suppliers. Through the Small Business Reservation (SBR), Congress intends that agencies automatically attempt to award contracts below the dollar amount of the Simplified Acquisitions Threshold (SAT) of $150,000.00 through small business set-asides. In theory, the FAR Part 13 Simplified Acquisitions Procedures (SAP) is a highly effective tool that can overcome barriers to grow non-traditional and small business suppliers to receive experience, revenue, and positive past performance. The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of the Navy (DON) leaders are concerned the SAT contracts are disproportionately benefitting large firms across entire North American Industrial Category System (NAICS) categories. The SAP environment is a flexible tool in government contracting in which to procure from small business vendors. In December 2011...
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited; This is a revised version.; Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited; This is a revised version.; The Department of the Navy’s (DON’s) total acquisition workforce, including the 1105 Purchasing Agent series and the 1102 Contract Specialist series, is directed to maximize contract awards to small and nontraditional suppliers by the terms of the Small Business Act and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), as well as Presidential, Department of Defense (DOD), and DON initiatives such as Better Buying Power (BBP). This direction is particularly strong with regards to low-dollar awards.
The Federal Acquisitions Regulation (FAR) Part 13 Simplified Acquisitions Procedures (SAP) was designed to be a highly effective tool that can overcome contracting barriers for non-traditional and small business suppliers. Through the Small Business Reservation (SBR), Congress directed agencies to automatically attempt small business set-asides of contract awards below the Simplified Acquisitions Threshold (SAT) of $150,000.00. The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 recently authorized discretionary set-asides on task and delivery orders under FAR Subparts 8.4 and 16.5. However, there are concerns that SAT contracts are often benefitting large firms across various North American Industrial Category System (NAICS) categories. The DOD’s preferred MAXPRAC model is unsuitable for solving this apparent problem.
This Report examines barriers...
The Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) of 1994 requires that the Administration of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy establish a program for the development and implementation of a Federal Acquisition Network (FACNET). The FACNET, an electronic procurement system, is required to be universally available throughout the Government and provide interoperability among its users which includes the Department of Defense. The FASA incentivizes contracting activities by conditioning the use of new simplified acquisition procedures ($100,000 threshold) on an activity's ability to implement and certify their FACNET capability. Many Army contracting activities already have some form of electronic procurement capability and incorporate its application into their daily procurement activities. However, while the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) developed an initial standard for FACNET certification, the actual ability of agencies to achieve the standard remains nebulous. There are many barriers to the full use and certification of the FACNET. This is due in part to lack of detail in the FASA and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which has yet to incorporate the FASA amendments. The objective of this research is to identify those inconsistencies in FACNET implementation and certification (if they exist) and to examine possible courses of action that may provide solutions or clarifications to the implementation process.; NA; NA; U.S. Army (U.S.A.) author.