Effective immediately, contracting officers shall use the procedures and clauses provided in this class deviation when acquiring products or services from the African host nation Djibouti in support of covered activities in Djibouti. This class deviation implements section 899A of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. This enhanced authority is to limit competition to, or provide a preference for, products or services from the African host nation- Djibouti when in support of operations in Djibouti. Section 899A of the NDAA for FY 2017 repeals section 1263 of the NDAA for FY 2015; therefore, this class deviation rescinds and supersedes Class Deviation 2016-O0005, dated February 4, 2016.
Section 899A provides enhanced procurement authority to limit competition to, or provide a preference for, products and services from an African host nation or a covered African country other than the African host nation, for acquisitions in support of Department of Defense activities in a covered African country. Currently, Djibouti is the only African country that has adequate processes in place to function as an African host nation or covered African country, as those terms are defined in section 899A. As provided in section 899A, however, this authority is not available for the procurement of any product on the AbilityOne Procurement List, if such a product can be delivered by a qualified nonprofit agency for the blind or a qualified nonprofit agency for other severely disabled in a timely fashion to support mission requirements. When utilizing this authority, the contracting officer shall-
This class deviation remains in effect until it is incorporated in the DFARS or otherwise rescinded.