September 27, 2017
Senate Passes $700 Billion 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, Including Procurement Reforms
Lexology, Tom Mason, Francis E. Purcell, Jr., Ray McCann and Joe Berger, September 21, 2017
- On September 18, 2017 the Senate passed its version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), authorizing $700 billion in defense spending for Fiscal Year 2018.
- In order to provide the authorized level of spending through appropriation bills, Congress will need to address the limits of the Budget Control Act.
- As is the case each year, the NDAA will include significant procurement reform provisions. For example, the Senate version would reform the debriefing and bid protest process and the House version would promote the use of online commercial marketplaces.
- Both versions contain significant potential reforms to the regulation of commercial items.
On September 18, 2017 the Senate passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. The Senate version of the NDAA authorizes defense spending at close to $700 billion for Fiscal Year 2018, which begins on October 1. The Senate NDAA’s $700 billion total is more than President Donald Trump requested, and also exceeds the caps set by the Budget Control Act of 2011. In order to provide the authorized $700 billion level through appropriation bills, Congress will need to address the limits of the Budget Control Act and eliminate the threat of sequestration. READ MORE….
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