Contracting and Acquisition

Simplified Acquisition Procedures

CPEs: 16|CLPs: 16|CEUs: 1.6
Classroom, Virtual

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for any Federal employee making purchases of products and services within the simplified acquisition thresholds (FAR Part 13), as well as other purchases from required sources of supply and existing contracts, including GSA schedules.

Additional Information

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation:

NASBA CPE Field of Study: Finance (Federal)

What You Will Learn

Roles/Responsibilities in the Acquisition Process
  • Program Official
  • Contracting Professional
  • The Contractor
  • Other Key Players in the Acquisition Process
Required Sources of Supply
  • Required Sources of Supplies and Services
  • Supplies and Services By Descending Order of Priority
  • Mandatory Sources of Supply
  • Agency Inventory
  • UNICOR/Federal Prison Industries (FPI) Ordering Guidelines
  • Waivers
  • Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled - AbilityOne
  • National Supply System
  • GSA Advantage! and GSA/FSS Services and Supplies Program
  • Small Business Set-Asides
  • Brand-Name or Make-and-Model Requirements
  • Micro-Purchases Threshold
  • Acquisitions Above The Micro-Purchase Threshold and Below $25,000
  • Acquisitions Which Exceed $25,000 But Are Below the SAT
  • Commercial Items
 Interagency Acquisitions
  • GSA Federal Supply Schedules (FSS)
  • VA Federal Supply Schedules (FSS)
  • Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACS)
  • Multi-Agency Contracts (MACS)
Commercial Acquisitions
  • What is a Commercial Item?
  • Market Research
  • How to Buy Commercial Items/Services
  • Procurement Form to Use
  • Which Clauses to Use
  • Posting Requirements
Small Business and Socioeconomic Concerns
  • Small Business Set-Asides
  • Small Business Size Determinations
  • Small Business Set-Aside Provisions and Clauses
  • Small Business Set-Aside Solicitation Instructions
  • 8(A) Program
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program (HUBZONE)
  • Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns (SDVOSB)
Processing Simplified Acquisitions
  • SAP Methods
  • Competition and Soliciting Competitive Quotes
  • Price Reasonableness
  • Commercial Catalog/Published Price List
  • Comparison of Previous Similar Buys with Current Prices
  • Comparison with IGCE
  • Comparison with Prices Set By Law or Regulation
  • Best Value Process and Documentation
  • Purchase Orders (PO)/ Delivery orders (DO)
  • Shipping
  • Acceptance
  • Confirming Purchase Orders
  • Options
  • Un-Priced Purchase Orders (UPO)
  • Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs)
  • Procurement Administrative Lead Times (PALT)
Reporting and Publicizing Actions
  • Publicizing Contract Actions In FedBizOpps
  • Brand Name Justification Posting In FedBizOpps
  • Tax Information
  • Tax Exempt
  • IRS Reporting
Administration after Award
  • Documentation
  • End of Fiscal Year/Beginning of Fiscal Year Orders
  • File Close-Out and Retention
  • Inspection and Acceptance Process
  • Resolving The Non-Conformance Deliveries
  • Cancellation of Purchase/ Delivery Orders
  • Ratification of Unauthorized Commitments
  • Solicitation/ Offer/ Award and Modification Forms
  • References, Aids and Guides/Internet Sites

Why You Should Attend

You will learn the fundamentals of simplified acquisition procedures, as well as purchasing from required sources of supply and existing contracts, including GSA schedules. Understanding the simplified acquisition rules and regulations is important for anyone involved in making purchases of essential products and services for a Federal agency. 

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