Special Acquisition Authorities Contained in the House and Senate Proposals to Create a Department of Homeland Security [Updated September 20, 2002] [open pdf - 22KB]
"H.R.5005, as passed the House, and Senate Amendment 4471, each of which propose the creation of a Department of Homeland Security, would grant special acquisition authorities generally aimed at speeding up and/or simplifying certain acquisitions during an organizational or transition period (five years in the House proposal and one year in the Senate proposal). These authorities would affect the procurement of research and development, personal services, and anti-terrorist technologies. Procurement would be streamlined through expanded use of the micropurchase threshold, simplified acquisition procedures, and an amended definition of commercial item. The House bill would only grant these authorities to the new Department, whereas the Senate proposal would grant most of them to all executive agencies."
CRS Report for Congress, RS21315