The Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) is used to prioritize national defense-related contracts/orders throughout the U.S. supply chain in order to support military, energy, homeland security, emergency preparedness, and critical infrastructure requirements. The DPAS can also be used to provide military or critical infrastructure assistance to foreign nations.

Under Title I of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended, the President is authorized to require preferential acceptance and performance of contracts or orders (other than contracts of employment) supporting certain approved national defense and energy programs, and to allocate materials, services, and facilities in such a manner as to promote these approved programs. The Department of Commerce is delegated authority, through Executive Order 13603, to implement these priorities and allocations provisions for industrial resources. The Bureau of Industry and Security administers this authority through the DPAS regulation (15 CFR Part 700).

Commerce has delegated authority to the Departments of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security, and to the General Services Administration, to place, in accordance with the DPAS regulation and the requirements of the Defense Production Act and Executive Order 13603, priority ratings on contracts or orders necessary, or appropriate, to promote the national defense.

Commerce may also authorize other government agencies, foreign governments, owners and operators of critical infrastructure, or companies to place priority ratings on contracts or orders on a case-by-case basis. Such requests must first be determined as necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense by the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, or Energy.

This Website includes a wide range of DPAS resources, including copies of the DPAS regulation and the form to request Special Priorities Assistance, online DPAS training courses, and links to DPAS information and guidance released by the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Energy.

The following DPAS training course is designed to assist any company that receives priority rated contracts, subcontracts, or purchase orders from the U.S. Government or from U.S. Government contractors.  The goal of this course is to provide the basic understanding of the DPAS as well as provide a guide for applying the DPAS to contracts and purchase orders.

We hope you will find the content relevant, easy to use, and beneficial as we carry out our mission of supporting military, energy, homeland security, emergency preparedness, and critical infrastructure requirements through the DPAS.

To obtain additional information on the DPAS or to suggest enhancements to this Website, please call Commerce’s DPAS team at (202) 482-3634 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

   

DPAS Program Resources

DPAS Regulation and Form BIS-999 (Request for Special Priorities Assistance)

UPDATE 08/2018 – CHANGE IN DPAS THRESHOLD:
Under section 700.17(f) of the DPAS regulation (15 CFR Part 700), a person is not required to place a priority rating on an order for less than $75,000, or one half of the Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT) (as established in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)) (see FAR section 2.101), whichever amount is greater, provided that delivery can be obtained in a timely fashion without the use of the priority rating.  

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA FY18) raised SAT from $150,000 to $250,000, which was implemented through a class deviation posted by the General Services Administration on February 15, 2018.  This change took effect immediately.  As a result of the SAT increase, U.S. firms are not required to place a priority rating on an order of less than $125,000 (one half of the revised SAT of$250,000), as this amount is greater than $75,000.  Please see the GSA Class Deviation for reference: https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/Policy_Initiatives/Class%20Deviation%202018-01%20MPT%20and%20SAT%20Increase.pdf

Online DPAS Training Courses

Department of Defense DPAS

Department of Homeland Security DPAS

Department of Energy DPAS

   

Strategic Industries and Economic Security Resources  

Strategic Industries and Economic Security
Michael Vaccaro, Director

Munitions Control Division
Thomas DeFee, Acting Director

Strategic Analysis Division
Eric Longnecker, Director

Defense Programs Division
Eric Longnecker, Acting Director

Phone: 202-482-4506
Fax: 202-482-5650

 

Mailing Address:
Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security
Bureau of Industry and Security
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room 3876
Washington, D.C. 20230

   
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