NOAA Acquisition Manual


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Subchapter B- Competition and Acquisition Planning

Part 1330-7 Acquisition Planning

Subpart 1330-7.1 Acquisition Plans

1330-7.104 General Procedures

1330-7.104-70 – Acquisition Review and Approval Process

1330-7.105 Contents of Written Acquisition Plans


Part 1330-7 Acquisition Planning

Subpart 1330-7.1 Acquisition Plans

1330-7.104 General Procedures

(a)  Milestone acquisition plans are prepared by the program official with the advice and assistance of the contracting officer (CO), and are approved by the CO. Depending on the nature, complexity, dollar value, and visibility of the action, additional approval may be necessary. Milestone acquisition plans shall be approved before the associated solicitation is issued.

1330-7.104-70 – Acquisition Review and Approval Process

(a)   Formal acquisition plan review and approval processes are set forth in Acquisition Instruction (AI) 16-01, NOAA Acquisition Review and Approval Process, and its corresponding Addendum which implements the interim FITARA procedure for routing formal acquisition plans to the DOC CIO.   

(b)   Formal acquisition plans greater than or equal to $10M and less than $75M, require SBPO approval and a NOAA Acquisition Review Board (ARB).  Formal acquisition plans greater than or equal to $75M require SPE approval and a DOC ARB in addition to a NOAA ARB. For procedures specific to the NOAA ARB, please refer to AI 13-01, NOAA Acquisition Review Board Procedures

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1330-7.105 Contents of Written Acquisition Plans

(b)(21)   A milestone acquisition plan using the Milestone Acquisition Plan template shall be developed for all actions, including task/delivery/call orders, and purchase orders, in which the total anticipated value (including options) is expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold (SAT). The milestone acquisition plan shall be completed in accordance with the procedures spelled out under Acquisition Instruction (AI) 17-02, Procedures for Milestone Acquisition Plans.

  1. For an action greater than the SAT and less than $10 million, the approved milestone acquisition plan will serve to meet the statutory requirement for acquisition planning ( reference FAR Part 7).
  2.  For an action equal to or greater than $10 million, per CAM 1307.1, Section 1, Paragraph 1.7.3, a milestone acquisition plan is required in addition to the requirement for a formal acquisition plan.
  3. The requirement for a milestone acquisition plan may be waived by the HCO, or higher, for emergency actions when the need for the supplies or services is of such an unusual and compelling urgency that the Government would be seriously injured if the supplies or services were not immediately acquired, except when unusual and compelling urgency occurs due to poor planning or failure to timely initiate the acquisition process.

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