PSC Welcomes Defense Department Issuance of Proposed LPTA Regulations  

Arlington, Va. (Dec. 6, 2018)— PSC welcomes the Dec. 4 issuance of a proposed rule by the Defense Department that would establish “limitations and prohibitions” on the use of the lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) source selection process for defense contracts. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017, signed Dec. 23, 2016, prohibited the use of LPTA in most circumstances for the acquisition of certain services and required a regulation revision to implement the changes within 120 days of enactment.

On Nov. 20 of this year, following a report by the Government Accountability Office on the delayed implementation of this rule, PSC sent a letter to the Department of Defense (DoD), urging leaders to “prioritize, finalize and issue” the congressionally-mandated regulations. 

“This is the latest step in PSC’s multi-year crusade to ensure proper use of LPTA contracts,” said PSC President and CEO David J. Berteau. “PSC worked hard to ensure language was placed in the FY17 NDAA more than two years ago. We are encouraged to see DoD initiate this long-awaited action, and we look forward to providing comments to them. Even more importantly, we look forward to the rule being followed and for DoD to focus on value and results as well as cost.”

PSC is carefully reviewing the proposed rule in advance of the Feb. 4, 2019 deadline for comments.

Media Contact: 
Ashlei Stevens
Director, Media Relations
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