Sens. Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) have proposed a bill that would direct the Defense Department to avoid the use of “lowestÂ price, technically acceptable” procedures to buy knowledge-based professionalÂ services from industry.
TheÂ Promoting Value Based Defense Procurement ActÂ seeksÂ to discourage DoD from applying LPTA methods for acquisition contracts focused onÂ information technology, systems engineering and technicalÂ support services, Warner’s office said April 21.
Reps. Don Beyer (D-Virginia) and Rob Wittman (R-Virginia) introduced a companion bill in the House.
Through an LPTA-based source selectionÂ process, procuring agencies considerÂ offersÂ that meet a defined set of minimum technical requirements and award a contract to the vendorÂ with the lowest bid.
“Low costs cannot be the only consideration when safeguarding Americaâs most valuable information,” noted Beyer.
“LPTA is a valuable tool, but it can undermine DOD procurement flexibility and should not be used to purchase complex, innovative programs,” he added.