Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 108 Part 4.djvu/757

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PUBLIC LAW 103-355—OCT. 13, 1994 108 STAT. 3391 "(3) offerors of commercial items and nondevelopmental items other than commercial items are provided an opportunity to compete in any procurement to fill such requirements. "(b) IMPLEMENTATION.—The head of an agency shall ensure that procurement officials in that agency, to the maximum extent practicable— "(1) acquire commercial items or nondevelopmental items other than commercial items to meet the needs of the agency; "(2) require prime contractors and subcontractors at all levels under the agency contracts to incorporate commercial items or nondevelopmental items other than commercial items as components of items supplied to the agency; "(3) modify requirements in appropriate cases to ensure that the requirements can be met by commercial items or, to the extent that commercial items suitable to meet the agenc^s needs are not available, nondevelopmental items other than commercial items; "(4) state specifications in terms that enable and encourage bidders and offerors to supply commercial items or, to the extent that commercial items suitable to meet the agenc/s needs are not available, nondevelopmental items other than commercial items in response to the agency solicitations; "(5) revise the agency's procurement policies, practices, and procedures not required by law to reduce any impediments in those policies, practices, and procedures to the acquisition of commercial items; and "(6) require training of appropriate personnel in the acquisition of commercial items. "(c) PRELIMINARY MARKET RESEARCH.— (1) The head of an agency shall conduct market research appropriate to the circumstances— "(A) before developing new specifications for a procurement by that agency; and "(B) before soliciting bids or proposals for a contract in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold. "(2) The head of an agency shall use the results of market research to determine whether there are commercial items or, to the extent that commercial items suitable to meet the agency's needs are not available, nondevelopmental items other than commercial items available that— "(A) meet the agency's requirements; "(B) could be modified to meet the agency's requirements; or "(C) could meet the agency's requirements if those requirements were modified to a reasonable extent. "(3) In conducting market research, the head of an agency should not require potential sources to submit more than the minimum information that is necessary to make the determinations required in paragraph (2).". (b) REPEAL OF SUPERSEDED PROVISION. —<1) Section 2325 of title 10, United States Code, is repealed. (2) The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 137 of such tdtle is amended by striking out the item relating to section 2325.