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Acquisition Advisory Dollar Thresholds Raised

Posted April 1, 2003

For a limited period, the micro-purchase threshold is raised to $7,500 for civilian agencies and $15,000 for purchases made by or for the Department of Defense (except for construction subject to the Davis-Bacon Act). Information about how long this special authority lasts can be found in the Acquisition Advisory issued on March 20, 2003 by GSA’s Senior Procurement Executive.

The simplified acquisition threshold is raised to $200,000 for GSA and other civilian agencies making purchases to support humanitarian, peacekeeping or contingency operations inside the United States. If such a contract is awarded and performed outside the United States, the threshold is raised to $300,000. The limits are higher for purchases made by or for the Department of Defense. If a contract is awarded and performed within the United States, the simplified acquisition threshold is $250,000. For contracts awarded and performed outside of the United States, the threshold is $500,000.

The Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 raise these thresholds for purchases to facilitate the defense against or recovery from terrorism or nuclear, biological, chemical or radiological attack. Further guidance regarding the applicable thresholds and related matters may be found in Federal Acquisition Circulars 2001-09 and 2001-12.


Acquisition Dollar Thresholds Raised