PSC Welcomes Proposed LPTA Limitation for Civilian Agencies

Arlington, Va. (Oct. 2, 2019)— The Professional Services Council (PSC) welcomes today’s Federal Acquisition Regulation proposed rule that would limit civilian agencies’ use of the lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) source selection process for certain services contracts.

“This proposed rule is the latest positive step in PSC’s multi-year crusade to ensure that the federal government’s use of LPTA for services is limited to the narrowest possible scope,” said PSC President and CEO David J. Berteau. “We will continue to work with the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and others to ensure that final regulations are issued as expeditiously as possible. The real challenge will be how well and quickly the rule is implemented.” 

PSC is carefully reviewing the proposed rule and will provide and make public its comments by the Dec. 2, 2019, deadline. When finalized, these regulations will implement a provision of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (P.L. 115-232). PSC worked with Congressmen Meadows, Beyer, Connolly, and Wittman on the provision (Sec. 880), which built on previously-enacted, DoD-only legislation to limit LPTA. (The Defense Department issued its own long-awaited regulations last week.) 

“Applying these LPTA restrictions government-wide will ensure all federal agencies are using the best procurement approach to access innovation from the services sector and obtain better results and value for the taxpayer dollar,” Berteau continued. 
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