The Government Accountability Office has found that the Department of Defense will requireÂ over a full year to update its regulations through âlowest price technically acceptableâ acquisition procedures. GAO said in its report that Congress required DoD and civilian agencies to revise its rules on using LPTA within 120 days.
LPTA acquisition requires selecting the least expensive offering that meets agency criteria. This “may not be the best choiceâ for initiatives with complicated requirements such as IT programs, the watchdog noted.
As part of its study on LPTA use, GAO analyzed data from the Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation system to determine the top four DoD components andÂ top five civilian agencies with procurements worth more than $5 million in fiscal 2018.
According to GAOâs findings, DoD used LPTA acquisition more than civilian agencies. The latter reported that procurements valued at $5 million or more are too complex for LPTA procedures.
GAOâs analysis showed that the Army, Navy, Air Force and Defense Logistics Agency accounted for 25 percent ofÂ LPTA procurements in FY 2018. Agencies like the General Services Administration and the departments of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, Agriculture and Health and Human Services made up 7 percent of LPTA acquisitions during that period.