Federal civilian agencies will now face new restrictions on when and how they can use Lowest Price Technically Acceptable source selection procedures. A new rule in the Federal Acquisition Regulation is the latest in a series of measures aimed at regulating the use of LPTA source selection procedures. The new rule implements an October 2019 proposed rule and takes effect on February 16, 2021.
As previously discussed on this blog, the Department of Defense issued a final rule in late 2019 amending the Defense Acquisition Regulation Supplement to establish restrictions on when and how DOD may use LPTA source selection procedures. Pursuant to the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, the new FAR rule places similar — though not identical — restrictions on civilian agencies.
The new FAR rule imposes three primary limits on the use of LPTA procedures.
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