The Department of Defense (DoD) published a new proposed rule in the Federal Register on Tuesday of this week that follows through on legislation to remove the lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) acquisition methodology from IT and cybersecurity acquisitions, in favor of the tradeoff source selection process.
The proposed rule, open to comment until Feb. 4, 2019 would be implemented in the Defense Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), and is based on both the 2017 and 2018 National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAAs), which include language to define when LPTA is to be used.
While initially passed as part of Section 813 in the 2017 NDAA, the 2018 NDAA included some amendments to define when LPTA should be used.
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See Proposed Rule by the Defense Acquisition Regulations System on 12/04/2018 here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/12/04/2018-26306/defense-federal-acquisition-regulation-supplement-restrictions-on-use-of-lowest-priced-technically