FAR Changes to Implement Adjustments to Acquisition-Related Thresholds


Effective October 1, 2015, one final rule amends the FAR to implement inflation adjustments to acquisition-related thresholds. Changes include:

  • The micropurchase threshold of $3,000 is increased to $3,500.
  • The commercial items test program ceiling is increased from $6.5 million to $7 million.
  • The cost or pricing data threshold is increased from $700,000 to $750,000.
  • The prime contractor subcontracting plan floor is increased from $650,000 to $700,000, while the construction threshold remains at $1.5 million.
  • The threshold for reporting first-tier subcontract information, including executive compensation, is increased from $25,000 to $30,000.
  • The cost or pricing data threshold and Cost Accounting Standard threshold are raised from $700,000 to $750,000.

The simplified acquisition threshold of $150,000 is unchanged, as are FedBizOpps preaward and postaward notices, which remain at $25,000. A proposed rule published November 25, 2014, is adopted without change. However, some final thresholds are lower due to a lower rate of inflation than projected at the time the proposed rule was published.


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