Guidance and Support for Government Contractors

By: s.m.amend | September 12, 2017

Did you know that over the summer there was a class deviation to the definition of the micro-purchase threshold?  Most people didn't! Unless you are keen on reading FAR Part 2 daily, you may have missed this deviation.


Class Deviation- 2017-O0007, Increased Micro-Purchase Threshold. This clause deviation is effective on Sept 01, 2017, and remains in effect until incorporated into the DFARS, or until otherwise rescinded.

“Micro-purchase threshold,” means $5,000 (10 U.S.C. 2338), except it means-

    (1) For DoD acquisition of supplies or services for basic research programs and for activities of the DoD science and technology reinvention laboratories, $10,000 (10 U.S.C. 2339);

    (4) For acquisitions of supplies or services that, as determined by ...

By: s.m.amend | October 01, 2015

Note the following changes:

  • The micro-purchase base threshold increased from $3,000 to $3,500. FAR 2.101.
  • The ceiling for the use of simplified acquisition procedures for the purchase of commercial items increased from $6.5 million to $7 million. FAR 13.500.
  • The threshold for obtaining certified cost or pricing data increased from $700,000 to $750,000. FAR 15.403-4.
  • The threshold for applicability of the Cost Accounting Standards increased from $700,000 to $750,000. FAR 30.201-4; FAR 52.230-1–52.230-5.
  • The prime contractor subcontracting plan floor increased from $650,000 to $700,000, although the construction threshold will remain $1.5 million. FAR 19.702.
  • The threshold for reporting first-tier subcontract information, including executive compen...