Updated: Dec 31, 2018
Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) makes cost king and technical approach almost an afterthought. Well in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), congress tightened the screws greatly restricting the use of LPTA. The 2018 NDAA provided that LPTA can only be used when: (1) DoD would realize minimal innovation if LPTA was not used; and (2) when goods are purchased, "the goods are predominantly expendable in nature, nontechnical, or have a short life expectancy or short shelf life." See 2018 NDAA Sec. 822. In addition, Sec. 832 of the 2018 NDAA specifically prohibited the use of LPTA in engineering and manufacturing contracts for major defense acquisition programs.