Can you purchase A&E contractors on GSA for specific projects, instead of using traditional buying methods broad process etc for A&E's?
The first question you must address is, "does the USAF or our unit require use of an already existing contract for A-E efforts?" This would be similar to the USAF required use of AFWAY for IT requirements. FAR 8.403(c) states, "agencies....Shall not place orders for such requirements under a Federal Supply Schedule. It also states, "agencies....Shall use the procedures at subpart 36.6."
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We do not know what your CE unit means by "better product". The intent of FAR subpart 36.6 is to allow the government to get the best A-E performance necessary to meet our requirements.