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    Is there a reference to when an essential equipment brakes and is sent out to the company that made it for estimates, a valid reasoning to where the repair no longer needs to be competed as long as the price is deemed fair and reasonable? This would eliminate putting the item back together and moving it to another for assesment.


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    Assuming this acquisition falls under FAR Part 13, section 13.104 may provide you with the reasoning you're looking for. It states that competition must be promoted to the "maximum extent "practicable" (emphasis added)." The contracting officer could possibly make a case that it is not "practicable" to obtain multiple quotes based on the need to break the item down for supplier analysis. Another option would be to use a time and materials type contract...which would facilitate competitive quotes but not require detailed supplier analysis of the Defender 2000 in order to make an offer.

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