I'm not going to speak for the system in the States. I will say, however, that being set aside from the agreements allows the U.S. to employ any mechanism, including open competition and non-open competition. As a matter of clarity, I'll also specify that the simplified acquisition threshold is the $150,000 threshold. Under the SBIR program, there is no threshold, as far as I'm aware. Once a company has gone through research and development and is looking at the follow-on sale, the government departments and agencies, like any other commercial entities, can purchase those particular goods and services. In that case, it was goods.
On November 2nd, 2017. See this statement in context.