GSA Announces Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts and Special Emergency Procurement Authorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The General Services Administration (GSA) has raised the micro purchase threshold, the simplified acquisition threshold, and the simplified leasing acquisition threshold, in order to address the needs created by Hurricane Irma.

Raising the thresholds will help Heads of Contracting Activities and contracting officers quickly gain access to resources needed in providing direct support for Hurricane Irma relief efforts. The new thresholds do the following:

● increase the micro-purchase threshold to $20,000;
● increase the simplified acquisition threshold to $750,000, or $13,000,000 for commercial items; and
● increase the simplified lease acquisition threshold to $750,000.

The thresholds were raised through a Senior Procurement Executive (SPE) memo [PDF - 91 KB] signed September 7, 2017. Since Hurricane Irma was declared an emergency by President Trump, it meets the legal definition of "emergency" in accordance with GSA's Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Class Deviation - Exercise of Special Emergency Procurement Authorities, allowing the thresholds to be raised. The increased thresholds will remain in effect until December 13, 2017, unless otherwise rescinded, modified or extended.

For more information on GSA’s assistance to the public, first responders and federal employees, visit GSA.gov/emergency.


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