The Impact of the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act on Federal Procurement

On Dec. 19, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015. See P.L. 113-291. As with every NDAA since FY 2010, the FY 2015 NDAA stalled in Congress before being enacted months after the start of its fiscal year. H.R. 3979 was originally introduced Jan. 31, 2014 as the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act. When the Senate passed an amended version of H.R. 3979 on April 7, 2014, the bill was entitled the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014. On Dec. 4, 2014, H.R. 3979 became the vehicle for this year’s NDAA after negotiators for the lame duck 113th Congress attached a reconciled version of S. 2410 and H.R. 4435.

The FY 2015 NDAA includes several significant procurement-related reforms and changes, most (but not all) of which are included, as usual, in Title VIII—Acquisition Policy, Acquisition Management, and Related Matters. Although Title VIII includes 37 provisions specifically addressing procurement issues, this is fewer than in recent years, with the exception of the 13 procurement-related provisions in the FY 2014 NDAA. For example, the FY 2012 and FY 2013 NDAAs included 49 and 44 such provisions, respectively.

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