Implementing a Congressional Mandate to Prefer Commercial Items
Although the rules of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) are notoriously detailed and complex, they do include many concessions to expediency and efficiency. FAR Part 12, for example, is designed to leverage the benefits of the open market to simplify the acquisition process under certain circumstances.
Many of the products and services that government agencies need to purchase and use are available to the general public. Under Sections 1906 and 1907 of Title 41 of the United States Code (USC), certain provisions of the FAR are to be designated “inapplicable to contracts for the procurement of commercially available off-the-shelf items.” Section 3307 of the same Title adds to this requirement a “preference for commercial items” in many cases where they appear to meet the needs of the purchasing agency or other entity.[Read more…]