In addition far subpart 135 provides special

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In addition, FAR subpart 13.5 provides special authority for the use of SAP for commercial item acquisitions that exceed the SAT, but do not exceed $7,000,000 ($13,000,000 for the acquisitions described in FAR 13.500(c)). The purpose of SAP is to: Reduce administrative costs; Improve opportunities for small business and small business socioeconomic concerns; Promote efficiency and economy in contracting; and Avoid unnecessary burdens for agencies and contractors. [FAR 13.002]
CON091 CONFUN 37 Module 3 v2.8R Policies for the Use of SAP Agencies are required to use SAP to the maximum extent practicable for all purchases of supplies and services that do not exceed the SAT. This policy does not apply if an agency can meet its requirement using; (1) Required sources of supply under FAR part 8; (2) Existing IDIQ contracts; or (3) Other established contracts. [FAR 13.003(a)] Agencies cannot break requirements into smaller purchases that would meet the SAT or micro-purchase threshold, the aggregate of which would exceed those thresholds, merely to permit the use of SAP or to avoid purchases exceeding the micro-purchase threshold [FAR 13.003(c)(2)]. When an acquisition is authorized to use SAP, contracting officers shall make purchases using the simplified manner that is the most suitable, efficient, and economical based on the circumstances of the acquisition. For other than commercial
CON091 CONFUN 38 Module 3 v2.8R items, the contracting officer may use the procedures in FAR part 13 in conjunction with the procedures in FAR parts 14, 15, 35, or 36, as appropriate. For commercial items, the contracting officer can use any combination of FAR parts 12, 13, 14, and 15, as appropriate. [FAR 13.003(g)] In accordance with FAR 13.003(h), when using SAP, contracting officers must: (1) Promote competition to the maximum extent practicable; (2) Establish deadlines for responses to solicitations that afford vendors a reasonable opportunity to respond; (3) Consider all quotations or offers that are timely received; and (4) Use innovative approaches to the maximum extent practicable. The complete list of the policies pertaining to the use of SAP are found at FAR 13.003. Promoting Competition when Using SAP The contracting officer must promote competition to the maximum extent practicable to obtain supplies and services from the source whose offer is most advantageous to the Government, considering the administrative costs of the acquisition. The contracting officer cannot solicit quotes based on personal preference or only from suppliers of well- known and widely distributed makes and brands. Further, if using SAP and synopsis of the proposed action is not required pursuant to FAR 5.101, the contracting officer should consider solicitation of at least three sources. Whenever practicable, quotes or offers should be requested from two sources that were not included in the previous solicitation. [FAR 13.104] Standing price quotations may be used if the pricing information is current and the Government obtains maximum discounts before award [FAR 13.103].
CON091 CONFUN 39 Module 3 v2.8R Soliciting Competition when Using SAP

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