Defense Bill Would Limit Commercial Buys, Contractors Say

Law360, New York (April 20, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT) -- A contractor group told Congress on Thursday that a U.S. Department of Defense legislative proposal would needlessly narrow the government's definition of "commercial item or service" in procurement rules, limiting the government's ability to quickly buy commercial goods and services.

The DOD wants to narrow the definition of commercially available items to exclude items that are "of a type" with available items, according to a letter from the Professional Services Council, a contractor trade group. While some critics say the "of a type" language in current...
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