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    What is the documentation requirements on a procurement package for simplified acquisitions?


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    The documents required on a procurement package for a simplified acquisition can vary greatly. Factors to consider include (but are not limited to) what you are buying, dollar thresholds, size standards of potential vendors, whether what you are buying is commercial or noncommercial, and which simplified acquisition method(s) you might be using. To put it simply, there is no 'one-size-fits-all' list of documentation required for every simplified acquisition package. FAR 13.106-3(b) does say that you should "keep documentation to a minimum. Purchasing offices shall retain data supporting purchases (paper or electronic) to the minimum extent and duration necessary for management review purposes(see subpart 4.8)." However, process and/or procedure documents should not take the place of the acquisition professional responsible for the procurement knowing what they are buying and following the regulations and any agency-specific or other guidance that applies. 


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