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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
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.
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
Standing price quotations may be used if the pricing
information is current and the Government obtains maximum discounts before award