House extends streamlined acquisition program

House extends streamlined acquisition program

Tom Davis

The House today extended for two years a pilot that gives agencies streamlined acquisition procedures for buying commercial products and services. Lawmakers approved by voice vote the Acquisition Streamlining Improvement Act. Reps. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) and Tom Davis (R-Va.) sponsored HR 3921.

The Clinger-Cohen Act established the program, which agencies used to help rebuild the Pentagon after the Sept. 11 attack. The pilot was set to end in January of next year.

Agencies can use the procedures for contracts to buy up to $5 million worth of commercial items. The program lets contracting officers use shorter deadlines, apply fewer government-unique requirements and minimize administrative costs.

'If an item is available commercially and at a competitive price, then the government should not have to go through a long drawn-out process,' Davis said today on the House floor. 'Where there are several competitors in an item's marketplace and the competition is keeping prices in line, then streamlined acquisition procedures make sense. They save time. They save money. They make the government run more efficiently.'

The bill will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.

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