PF 2017-37 - FAR Class Deviation – Implementing Revised Statutory Conditions for the Exercise of Special Emergency Procurement Authorities

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DATE:           September 14, 2017

TO:                Procurement Directors/Contracting Officers

FROM:           Chief
                      Contract and Financial Assistance Policy Division
                      Office of Policy
                      Office of Acquisition Management

SUBJECT:     FAR Class Deviation – Implementing Revised Statutory
                      Conditions for the Exercise of Special Emergency Procurement
                      Authorities

SUMMARY:  The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council (CAAC) issued CAAC
                      Letter 2017-03 on September 1, 2017, authorizing agencies to
                      issue class deviations to implement Pub. L. 114-328. Section 816
                      of that Act expanded the permissible uses of special emergency
                      procurement authorities to include facilitating international disaster
                      assistance and supporting domestic emergency or natural disaster
                      relief efforts as defined by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief
                      and Emergency Assistance Act. Additionally, Section 1641 of that
                      same Act made special emergency procurement authorities
                      applicable to defense against or recovery from a cyber attack.

                     Questions concerning this policy flash should be directed to Jason Taylor
                      of the Office of Contract and Financial Assistance Policy Division at
                      Jason.Taylor@hq.doe.gov or at (202) 287-1560.