NAO 208-1: NOAA Acquisition Handbook

Issued 10/06/04 (reprint); Effective 09/23/04 Reviewed Last: 9/23/2014

NOAA Acquisition Handbook Manual

SECTION 1. PURPOSE.

This Order prescribes authority and responsibility for the development, maintenance, and issuance of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Acquisition Handbook. The Order formally introduces and authorizes issuance of the NOAA Acquisition Handbook.

SECTION 2. AUTHORITY, SCOPE AND APPLICABILITY.

.01 Issuance of the NOAA Acquisition Handbook (the Handbook) is in compliance with various responsibilities stated in the Department of Commerce Acquisition Manual (CAM). The Handbook augments and supplements the CAM policies and procedures and is intended to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of NOAA’s acquisition program.

.02 The Handbook prescribes the policies, procedures, and guidelines for NOAA’s acquisition program. The Handbook also is intended to provide daily guidance and instructions to all NOAA personnel having frequent contact with either developing or processing acquisitions.

.03 The Handbook applies to all NOAA elements and has the same force, effect, and authority as this Order.

SECTION 3. RESPONSIBILITIES AND PROCEDURES.

.01 NOAA’s Acquisition and Grants Office (AGO), shall be responsible for preparing, clearing, issuing, maintaining, and distributing the NOAA Acquisition Handbook. The AGO shall review and revise the Handbook, as necessary, in order to keep it current with applicable policies, regulations, and/or guidance issued by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, the U.S. General Services Administration, and/or the Department of Commerce. The Handbook, and its future updates, will be issued via sequentially numbered Transmittal Sheets.

.02 The Director, AGO, shall review the contents of the Handbook and any subsequent updates prior to their issuance. Concurrence will be indicated by signature on the sequentially numbered Transmittal Sheets that will accompany each issuance or update to the Handbook. The Director may request prior review and concurrence by the Deputy Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere prior to posting potentially controversial updates.

.03 The Handbook will adhere to all requirements of NOAA Administrative Order 200-3, The NOAA Administrative Order Series, as listed in Section 5.02, “Handbooks and Manuals.” The electronic version of the Handbook will be available on the AGO web site.

SECTION 4. EFFECT ON OTHER ISSUANCES.

This Order supersedes: NAO 208-2, Contracting (Procurement) Authority, dated October 21, 1987; NAO 208-5, Review and Approval of Proposed Contract Awards, dated December 17, 1987; and NOAA Circular 89-39, Preparation of Form CD-435, Procurement Request, for Personal Property Reconciliation, filed as NAO 208-100 and dated December 11, 1989.

Signed,

William Broglie
Chief Administrative Officer

Office of Primary Interest:
Acquisition and Grants Office