Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Part 13, lays out a variety of purchasing methods—collectively known as simplified acquisition—to facilitate government buyers in acquiring supplies and services. This generally covers all items bought belo
w the micro-purchase threshold of $3,000 and those covered under the simplified acquisition procedures (SAP) threshold of $150,000 (higher in certain national security areas).
The stated goals of the SAP are to:
- Reduce administrative costs
- Improve opportunities for small, disadvantaged, and women-owned small businesses to obtain a fair proportion of government contracts
- Promote efficiency and economy in contracting
- Avoid unnecessary burdens for agencies and contractors (FAR 13.002)
A lot of discussion is given to the General Services Administration (GSA) for their role in creating Federal Supply Schedule contracts that support simplified acquisition. Much less discussion is made, however, of the role that the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) plays in supporting simplified acquisition for the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.
The DOD Electronic Mall or DOD EMALL is DLA’s premier system for supporting simplified acquisition. DLA writes contracts for commercial supplies and makes them available to DOD, federal agency, and state government customers. The DOD EMALL also supports contracts from the GSA, Army, Navy, and Air Force. More than half of these contracts are awarded to small businesses. The DOD EMALL designates these businesses with a special icon, making them easy to identify.
The DOD EMALL supports a number of acquisition business rules, pointing out mandatory sources and green item alternatives as customers fill their orders. DLA has moved many tailored vendor contracts and prime vendor contracts to DOD EMALL for easy access in a one-stop shopping environment. These include the contracts for construction and equipment items, tires, and special operations support. Additionally, the Army uses DOD EMALL to support their strategic sourcing initiative for office supplies.
With over a thousand vendors and 30+M items, the DOD EMALL provides ample competition and meets each of the FAR simplified acquisition stated goals.
Find these features and more on the DOD EMALL at https://dod-emall.dla.mil/acct/.