SAT Increase for Purchases on Federal Awards

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has increased the Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT) from $150,000 to $250,000.

While purchases under $250,000 are still subject to certain requirements, purchases on federal awards that are $250K and greater have additional requirements, such as:

  • Independent cost estimates prior to solicitation
  • Technical Evaluation
  • Price or cost analysis
  • Negotiate profit


The ASU Business and Finance Procurement Guide has been updated with this increase, and unit staff can access the Federal procurements tab of the guide to review all requirements. (In particular, the Checklist for Purchasing with Federal Funds should be a helpful resource).

For purchasing related questions, email Procurement.

Note: All purchasing requests for sponsored projects should also continue to be reviewed by unit staff for allowability and adherence to applicable policies.