The government contracting industry has spoken—and Congress listened. In the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (2019 NDAA) Congress passed significant limitations on the use of Lowest-Priced, Technically-Acceptable (LPTA) source selection criteria, presumably intending to curtail this widely-used but generally unpopular procurement vehicle. Section 880 of the 2019 NDAA includes the following policy statement: “It shall be the policy of the United States Government to avoid using lowest priced technically acceptable source selection criteria in circumstances that would deny the Government the benefits of cost and technical tradeoffs in the source selection process.”
So what does that mean? Fortunately Congress clarified the limited set of circumstances in which an agency may use LPTA.
Continue reading at: Obermayer