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Simplified Acquisition FAR Part 13

The procedures in FAR Part 13 provide streamlined processes to acquire supplies and services, including construction, research and development, and commercial items, for which the aggregate amount does not exceed the simplified acquisition threshold.


Simplified Procedures for Certain Commercial Items

FAR 13.5 authorizes the use of simplified procedures for the acquisition of supplies and services in amounts greater than the simplified acquisition threshold but not exceeding $7.5 million ($15 million for acquisitions as described in 13.500(c)), including options, if the contracting officer reasonably expects, based on the nature of the supplies or services sought, and on market research, that offers will include only commercial items.

The purpose of these simplified procedures is to vest contracting officers with additional procedural discretion and flexibility, so that commercial item acquisitions in this dollar range may be solicited, offered, evaluated, and awarded in a simplified manner that maximizes efficiency and economy and minimizes burden and administrative costs for both the Government and industry (10 U.S.C.2304(g) and 2305 and 41 U.S.C.33053306, and Chapter 37, Awarding of Contracts.

When acquiring commercial items using the procedures in this part, the requirements of FAR Part 12 apply subject to the order of precedence provided at 12.102(c). This includes use of the provisions and clauses in Subpart 12.3.


There are three main contracting strategies within FAR Part 13: