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Micropurchase Threshold and 2012 NDAA

28 February 2012 - 11:48 AM

Section 822 of the FY12 NDAA contained the following language regarding the micropurchase threshold:

This section would allow the Secretary of Defense to apply a simplified
acquisition threshold of $1.0 million and micro-purchase threshold of $25,000 for
contracting activities supporting contingency operations in the Republic of Iraq or
the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, regardless of the location of the contracting
activity.

FAR 13.201(g)(1)(i) establishes a MP threshold, for contingency operations, of $15,000 in the case of any contract to be awarded and performed, or purchase to be made, inside the United States and 13.201(g)(1)(ii) establishes a MP threshold of $30,000 in the case of any contract to be awarded and performed, or purchase to be made, outside the United States.

I work in a DoD contracting office located in Afghanistan. The organization has interpreted the NDAA to mean that the MP threshold for any purchase related to contingency operations in Iraq or Afghanistan to now be $25,000, even when the contract is awarded OCONUS. However, to me the intent seems to be to authorize a higher threshold for contracting offices located CONUS that are issuing contracts in support of the operations in Iraq/Afghanistan.

Does anyone have any insight into the background of this or which interpretation is correct?