Abstract. Simplified acquisition procedures for federal purchases include everything from very small purchase card transactions up to purchases of commercially available supplies and services of up to $5,000,000 per order. During fiscal year 2002, this amounted to nearly 8 million contracting actions, totaling over $15 billion dollars. (FPDC) This paper discusses the policies and procedures generally used by Government buyers to acquire supplies and services under the rules of Part 13 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), using a variety of purchasing methods collectively known as simplified methods. This generally covers all items bought below the micro-purchase threshold of $2,500 and those covered under the simplified acquisition procedures (SAP) threshold of $100,000 (higher in certain national security areas), in addition to purchases of commercial items up to $5,000,000. Introduction. Simplified acquisition procedures (SAP) as authorized by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) were used for acquiring goods and services for the federal Government 7,982,466 times in fiscal year 2002 for a grand total of $15,310,129,000. This is a large percentage of total actions for the year—92 percent—but is also a minor portion of the dollars—6 percent. (FPDC) This is in line with the stated purposes of the simplified acquisitio
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