Effective October 1, 2019, a new rule issued by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) amends the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to limit the use of lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) procurements. In December 2018, we highlighted the DOD’s proposed rule limiting LPTA procurements. The final version of that rule, published on Thursday, September 26, 2019, is, as of October 1, 2019, found at section 215.101-2-70 of the DFARS. As our earlier analysis concluded, this amendment to the DFARS significantly restricts DOD’s ability to favor low-cost options over technical superiority.
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