U.S. General Services Administration Announces Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts and Special Emergency Procurement Authorities

GSA’s senior procurement executive signed memo raising certain minimum thresholds to directly support Hurricane Michael relief efforts

Washington, DC - - (October 17, 2018) - - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has raised the micro purchase threshold, the simplified acquisition threshold, and the simplified leasing acquisition threshold, in order to address the needs created by Hurricane Michael.

Raising the thresholds will help Heads of Contracting Activities and contracting officers quickly gain access to resources needed in providing direct support for Hurricane Michael relief efforts.

The new thresholds do the following:
  • increase the micro-purchase threshold to $20,000;
  • increase the simplified acquisition threshold to $750,000 or $13,000,000 for commercial items; and
  • increase the simplified lease acquisition threshold to $750,000.

The thresholds were raised through a Senior Procurement Executive (SPE) memo signed October 11, 2018. Since Hurricane Michael was declared an emergency by President Trump, it meets the legal definition of "emergency" in accordance with GSA's Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Class Deviation - Exercise of Special Emergency Procurement Authorities, allowing the thresholds to be raised. The increased thresholds will remain in effect until February 28, 2019, unless otherwise rescinded, modified or extended.

GSA also raised these thresholds for Hurricane Florence relief efforts through an SPE memo signed September 13, 2018.

For more information on GSA’s assistance to the public, first responders and federal employees, visit GSA.gov/emergency .

Credit: U.S. General Services Administration