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Your FAITAS Questions Answered! 

Have you been asking questions such as "How do I request training while FAITAS is unavailable?", "My certification is expiring, what do I do?", or "How do I submit a CLP request?".   FAI has some FAQs to help you find the answers!

Going Up

Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds are Going Up!

The micro-purchase threshold is increasing from $3,500 to $10,000 and the Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT) is increasing from $150,000 to $250,000.  You won't see these changes in the FAR just yet, but FAR Case 2018-004 is in motion.  Agencies may use the increased thresholds in advance of the FAR change as long as a class deviation is in place.

free classes

Treasury Acquisition Institute (TAI) Offers Free Training Courses

T​AI is offering tuition-free seats in selected acquisition training sessions to be held at 77 K Street, NE, in Washington, DC. 4/2-4/4: FCN 196 A Practical Guide to the FAR (Session 103); 4/4-4/5: FPM 418 Project Management for Contracting (Session 102); 4/10-4/12: FLD 102 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Techniques (Session 101); 4/10-4/12: FFP 403 Federal Appropriations Law (Session 101); and 4/11: FCN 402 Annual Review-Hot Issues in Federal Contracting (Session 101). To register, complete this form and submit to


Staats Award - Nominate a Superstar

The Procurement Round Table, in cooperation with NCMA, is seeking nominations for this year’s Elmer B. Staats Contracting Professional Excellence Award. The award amount is $5,000. This is a great opportunity to recognize a superstar. Applications are due April 27, 2018. The award will be presented at the NCMA World Congress. For more information, see the Call for Nominations and the Application. Questions may be sent to

Role of the COR

Knowledge Nugget: The Role of a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR)

Contracting Officer's Representatives (CORs) manage the daily operations of many projects and programs to deliver the best value for the American taxpayer! Watch this four (4) minute micro-learning video where you will learn about the duties, responsibilities, and limitations of a COR, recognize the characteristics of a successful COR.