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GSA Announces Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and special emergency procurement authorities

GSA Senior Procurement Executive signed memo raising certain minimum thresholds to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The General Services Administration (GSA) recently announced it has raised the micro purchase threshold, the simplified acquisition threshold, and the simplified leasing acquisition threshold, in order to address the needs created by Hurricane Harvey.

Raising the thresholds will help Heads of Contracting Activities and contracting officers quickly gain access to the resources they need in providing relief efforts. The new thresholds do the following:

  • Increase the micro-purchase threshold to $20,000
  • Increase the simplified acquisition threshold to $750,000, or $13,000,000 for commercial items
  • Increase the simplified lease acquisition threshold to $750,000

The thresholds were raised through a Senior Procurement Executive (SPE) memo [PDF - 1 MB] signed August 29, 2017. Since Hurricane Harvey was declared a major disaster by President Trump, it meets the legal definition of "emergency" in accordance with GSA's Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Class Deviation—Exercise of Special Emergency Procurement Authorities, allowing the thresholds to be raised. The increased thresholds will not expire until cancelled or incorporated into the FAR.

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