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DoD Sets Threshold for Humanitarian/Peacekeeping Acquisitions

The Department of Defense has issued an interim rule that amends the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to implement the authority provided by 10 USC 2302(7) to invoke a simplified acquisition threshold for certain acquisitions in support of humanitarian or peacekeeping operations. Under FAR 2.101, the basic simplified acquisition threshold is $150,000. However, 10 USC 2302(7) allows the simplified acquisition threshold for humanitarian or peacekeeping operations to be increased to double the basic simplified acquisition threshold, but only when the purchase is made, or the contract is awarded and performed, outside the United States. The rule amends DFARS 202.101 to define "simplified acquisition threshold" as $300,000 when soliciting or awarding contracts to be awarded and performed outside the U.S., or making purchases outside the U.S., for acquisitions of supplies and services to be used to support a humanitarian or peacekeeping operation, as defined at FAR 2.101. Also, the rule redesignates DFARS 218.270 as DFARS 218.271 and adds new DFARS 218.270, Humanitarian or peacekeeping operation. The effective date of the interim rule is July 25, 2011. Comments referencing DFARS Case 2011-D032 are due September 23, 2011. For the text of the rule, see 70,016.658.




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