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Hurricane Recovery Contractors Get Emergency Authority

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Several Federal agencies have implemented the following special emergency procurement authority and temporary national interest exemptions to assist with hurricane relief efforts:

  • To help streamline and expedite procurements, the General Services Administration (GSA) increased several special emergency procurement authority thresholds related to micro-purchases to $20,000 (up from $3,000).

  • An increase of the simplified acquisition threshold was raised to $750,000 ($13 million for commercial items).

  • An increase of the GSA's simplified lease acquisition threshold was increased to $750,000.

  • A GSA memoranda directs contracting officers to give preference to "local firms in the disaster area" and to "limit competition when needed." The threshold increases will remain effective until December 31, 2017, unless otherwise rescinded, modified, or extended.

  • The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued temporary national interest exemptions from certain federal contracting requirements.

  • For 90 days, and subject to a possible extension, new federal contracts to provide relief efforts related to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria should contain a provision exempting the contractor from having to comply with certain federal contracting requirements, including the development of written affirmative action programs as required by Executive Order 11246; the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act; and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

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