Simplified Acquisition Refresher (2 Days)


Course Perspective: This course presumes that attendees are familiar with standard simplified acquisition (SA) procedures covered by FAR 13. It updates attendees on purchasing rules and procedures contained in the FAR and agency policies and guidelines. It focuses upon common purchasing problems and techniques for making more informed and effective purchases of items and services. It also presents methods for streamlining purchasing workload and procedures in line with internet access and evolving purchasing policy and practice. Finally, it covers the legal framework for SAs including applicable portions of federal regulation, Uniform Commercial Code, and case law decisions.


Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and apply recent changes in simplified acquisition procedures imposed by the FAR and

agency policies and guidelines.

  • Adjust their purchases for changes in Buy American and Special Trade Agreements.

  • Comply with Section 508 requirements.

  • Comply with requirements to purchase ENERGY STAR, FEMP, and EPEAT products.

  • Implement set-aside policies directed at woman-owned small businesses and service-disabled

veterans-owned small businesses.

  • Ensure compliance with CCR registration and FPDS data reporting.

  • Know when and how to address insurance requirements.

  • Define “intellectual property,” when it applies to their purchases, and how they should address it.

  • Review and issue hotel conferencing agreements.

  • Expand use of Required sources including agency inventories, excess property, and sources

covered by GSA Advantage.

  • Recognize and apply new techniques for accessing and using Federal Supply Schedule

  • Recognize and address common problems with purchase descriptions

  • Recognize and address common problems in acquiring services such as ensuring a well-written

work statement, avoiding personal service agreements, acquiring private sector temporaries, and

DOL wage determination requirements and procedures.

  • Perform price analysis using a variety of pricing approaches.


CLPs/Hours: 12 hours/CLPs are issued for successful completion of this course. Classroom hours are 8:30 – 4:30.