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FAR/DFARS Regulatory Changes

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After a period of seeming hibernation, the FAR Councils have apparently awoken and are issuing proposed and final rules. Most of the regulatory changes are of a minor nature; we report them here as a service to our readers.

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Okay. Back to the regulatory changes.

Class Deviations

DoD 2018-O0020 (Sept. 19, 2018) established provisions and clauses for “permanent supply chain risk management authority.” We would have devoted an entire article to this particular deviation, but why bother? We have been writing about supply chain management, supply chain risk management, and secure supply chains for literally a decade now. We have devoted article after article to the topic. If you had read—and acted—on our early articles, then you would have been well-prepared for DoD’s current focus on it. If you did, then good show! If not, then we figure one more article is not going to persuade you. (Same rationale for not writing about the recent Mitre study (“Deliver Uncompromised”). It was a good study but a bit superfluous if you’ve been reading this site for any length of time.) Note: the original Class Deviation was corrected and reissued. Our link goes to the corrected version.

DoD 2018-O0018 (Aug. 31, 2018) was modified via policy guidance memo dated September 21, 2018. The original Class Deviation implemented changes to the micro-purchase threshold. We discussed it here. The new policy guidance memo summarizes the Department’s position on what the micro-purchase threshold is for various acquisitions. (Hint: it’s not $10,000 across the board, as one might reasonably think given Congress’ direction.) It also provides guidance related to the question of whether to raise the individual purchase thresholds of Government Purchase Cards (GPCs) to match the new micro-purchase thresholds. With respect to that issue, the guidance states that the individual purchase threshold should be raised if and only if “a determination has been made that anticipated mission requirements and historical spending patterns demonstrate a need” for the increase. Oh, and it also requires that individuals with GPC thresholds in excess of $3,500 receive “appropriate” training. No mention of how to obtain that training was provided.

FAR Changes

The DAR Council proposed to amend the FAR by issuing a proposed rule (Sept. 24, 2018) that would implement Section 825 of the 2017 NDAA by giving the contracting officer authority to eliminate the requirement to make “price or cost as an evaluation factor in solicitations valued above the simplified acquisition threshold for multiple-award contracts for the same or similar services when the Government intends to award a contract to each and all qualifying offerors.” Essentially, somebody with common sense asked why price was an evaluation factor for award of a MATOC contract when subsequent task or delivery orders would be competed against each other, and price would be an evaluation factor then. Right; it makes no sense to us either and we’re happy to see CO’s given discretion in that area.

Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-101 (Sept. 26, 2018) contained two final rules revising the FAR. The first rule implemented a section of the 2018 NDAA “that provides an exception for business operations conducted by a contractor while performing under a Government contract from the requirement to accept and dispense $1 coins.” The second rule updated “the instructions for registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) and correct[ed] an inconsistency involving the timing of registration. In order to correct this inconsistency, the rule [requires] offeror registration in SAM prior to submission of an offer.”

DFARS Changes

Four DFARS clauses were eliminated on September 28, 2018 at the recommendation of the DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force. The clauses that were eliminated include:

  • 252.247-7020, Additional Services

  • 252.216-7005, Award Fee

  • 252.247-7004, Indefinite Quantities—Fixed Charges

  • 252.247-7005, Indefinite Quantities—No Fixed Charges

And that’s it for recent regulatory changes. As you can see, a lot of activity but not much activity of significance.



Effective January 1, 2019, Nick Sanders has been named as Editor of two reference books published by LexisNexis. The first book is Matthew Bender’s Accounting for Government Contracts: The Federal Acquisition Regulation. The second book is Matthew Bender’s Accounting for Government Contracts: The Cost Accounting Standards. Nick replaces Darrell Oyer, who has edited those books for many years.