The Department of Defense (DoD) has issued a class deviation that raises the micro-purchase threshold from $3,500 to $5,000.
Class Deviation 2017-O0006, issued July 13, 2017 and effective immediately, allows authorized DoD buyers to make purchases of supplies and services up to $5,000 using streamlined procedures. Micro-purchases are primarily made through the use of Governmentwide purchase cards (GPC).
According to FAR 13,203, micro-purchases may be awarded without soliciting competitive quotations if the contracting officer or other authorized official considers the price to be reasonable.
The class deviation also raised the micro-purchase threshold to $10,000 for DoD’s basic research programs and for activities of DoD’s science and technology reinvention laboratories.
It is expected that these new purchasing thresholds will be incorporated into the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (DFARS) in the near future.