The Department of Defense (“DoD”) has issued two Class Deviations that provide defense agencies with greater flexibility when procuring in times of crisis.
These Class Deviations allow for the use of simplified acquisition procedures and excuse certain procurement obligations when DoD is responding to a cyber-attack or providing relief in support of domestic or international disasters.
On November 8, 2017, DoD issued Class Deviation 2018-O0001, which expands the types of procurements treated as commercial item acquisitions and exempts acquisitions in support of cyber-attacks, international disaster assistance, and “emergency or major disaster” relief from requirements to (i) comply with item unique identification, (ii) receive two offers, and (iii) limit the use of time and materials contracts. This Class Deviation also delegates authority for determinations relating to these acquisitions from the Secretary of Defense to the various heads of contracting activities within DoD.
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