Three new rules in the Federal Acquisition Regulation aim to crack down on practices that may be considered “somewhat dubious in procurement,” said Joseph Petrillo, attorney of Petrillo and Powell in an interview with The Federal Drive.
The rules, released Tuesday, will go into effect on Feb. 2.
Interagency contracts These contracts will have to be approved with a business case analysis, a process that will be phased in through fiscal year 2014, Petrillo said.
The analysis will include, among other things, small business participation, contract administration costs, the potential effect of “diluting” other contracts, and the roles and responsibilities of contract administrators, he said.
The specifics of the content for a business case analysis are not set forth in the rule, but the Office of Procurement Policy set out a template in a September memo.
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