Procurement and Contracting Under AIP – Micro-Purchase
Procurement by micro-purchase procedures [2 CFR §200.320(a)] represents acquisition of supplies or services for which the aggregate dollar amount does not exceed $3,500 for non-construction projects or $2,000 for construction projects covered by the Davis-Bacon Act.
Application of Micro-Purchase
A sponsor may make an award under the micro-purchase method without soliciting competitive quotations. Sponsors that routinely use the micro-purchase method should strive to distribute their procurements equitably among qualified suppliers.
The micro-purchase method does not supersede the requirement to base selection of a professional services firm (e.g. A/E) on qualifications if the desired service is covered under 40 U.S.C. Chapter 11. However, this does not preclude a sponsor from using the micro-purchase method to select a professional services firm for tasks not covered under 40 U.S.C. Chapter 11. For example, the preparation of an independent cost estimate is an incidental service provided by A/E firms that can also be accomplished outside of the A/E profession. A sponsor may use the micro-purchase method to obtain an independent cost estimate provided the cost does not exceed the allowable thresholds.