Federal Acquisition Regulation: Revision of Definition of “Commercial Item”

The change in this final rule resolves the issue the Section 809 Panel cites, which is that the “acquisition workforce has faced issues with inconsistent interpretations of policy, confusion over how to identify eligible commercial products and services”. Bifurcating the definition of “commercial item” into “commercial product” and “commercial service” is a way to provide clarity for the acquisition workforce, which may result in greater engagement with the commercial marketplace.