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    What policy allows us to use SF 1449s for combined synopsis/solicitations for solicitations below $25K? What policy allows us to use SF 1449s for combined synopsis/solicitations above $25K?


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    You correctly state FAR 12.603(b) states, " When using the combined synopsis/solicitation procedure, the SF 1449 is not used for issuing the solicitation." Even if one accepts the position that the lack of "shall/must" grants some flexibility, the Marine Corps Contract Management Process Guide (CMPG) is much more specific.  I was unable to look at the site as I believe I was firewalled from the site.  The CMPG uses "will" which has the same effect as "shall".
     
    The FAR intends the SF 1449 not be used and the CMPG re-emphasizes that point in its guidance.
     

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