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Hurricane Katrina's Tangled Impact on U.S. Procurement


Christopher R. Yukins


George Washington University - Law School


GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 161
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 161
Government Contractor, Vol. 47, No. 34, September 14, 2005

Abstract:     
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. Congress passed new exceptions to U.S. procurement rules. The most important new exception, passed at the recommendation of the Bush administration, raised the limit for micro-purchases - essentially unregulated purchases - from $2,500 to $250,000. In practice, this will mean that Katrina relief purchases may be made, up to $250,000 per order, without any effective transparency or competition, and without honoring the many socioeconomic requirements that are an important part of the U.S. procurement system. This comment reviews that emergency legislation, and suggests that the new law, by abandoning basic principles of sound procurement, raises real risks in the post-Katrina relief effort, including risks of corruption and risks of gross failures in best value procurement.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 4

Keywords: Public procurement, acquisition workforce, strategic sourcing, federal procurement policy

JEL Classification: H11, H57, J41

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Date posted: October 2, 2005  

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Yukins, Christopher R., Hurricane Katrina's Tangled Impact on U.S. Procurement. Government Contractor, Vol. 47, No. 34, September 14, 2005; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 161; Government Contractor, Vol. 47, No. 34, September 14, 2005. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=810764

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