In regards to the use of a RFQ, FAR Part 2 considers quotations to be a function of FAR part 13 simplified acquisition only. Therefore, I was always under the impression that a RFQ was not to be used for any purchases over $150,000 to include commercial items. Subpart 13.5 states a contracting officer may use simplified acquisition procedure in this part, subject to any specific dollar limitation applicable to the particular procedure. Again, I am under the impression that max ceiling or the dollar limitation for the use of a RFQ is $150,000. My question is, can the use of a RFQ be utilized when purchasing under the guise of Subpart 13.5 up to $7 million and $13 million 13.500(c) or must we only use a RFP or IFB above the $150,000 threshold?
Yes, you may use an RFQ when applying simplified procedures for the acquisition of supplies and services in amounts greater than the simplified acquisition threshold but not exceeding $7 million. This is clear from FAR 13.500. Use of the RFQ is a simplified acquisition procedure.
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