May 25, 2017
114 new commercial buying regs since 2009 highlights why federal procurement needs fixing
Source: Federal News Radio, Jason Miller, May 8, 2017
If the Trump administration wants to seriously reduce the regulatory burden on agencies and vendors, it should look no further than the Federal Acquisition Regulations and the Defense FAR (DFARs).
Since 2009, the number of clauses around commercial items skyrocketed from 16 to 142, according to a preliminary analysis by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).
Of the 114 new clauses, 40 came from Congress through legislation and 76 from the White House or the government’s acquisition oversight councils, in the form of executive orders or FAR/DFARs cases.
And of all of those clauses, most —109 — impact every vendor, not just military contractors, while 33 only are in the DFARs.
So over the past eight years, there has been a five-fold increase in commercial item regulations. This not only complicates vendors’ compliance efforts but also adds new complexities to negotiating contracts. READ MORE….
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