The Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act continued the recent trend in procurement reform by restricting civilian agencies’ use of the lowest price, technically acceptable (LPTA) procurement process. This new provision imposes the same limitations on the use of LPTA procurements that were previously imposed on DoD and applies those limitations government-wide. For many years, the LPTA procurement process has been criticized for its many limitations and disadvantages, which include: (1) reduced contracting officer discretion; (2) decreased contractor innovation; (3) increased performance risk; and (4) decreased competition. Cohen Seglias Partner Timothy Furin moderated the SAME Philadelphia panel, and discussed these recent legislative changes and the real world impacts they will have on the federal contracting community.
Timothy Furin, Moderator, Cohen Seglias Greenhall & Furman PC
Jennifer Tilden, Panelist, U.S. Small Business Administration
Joseph Manney, Panelist, USACE Philadelphia District
Keith Feigenbaum, Panelist, Duane Morris LLP
Tony Vesay, Panelist, MCFA Global