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    After completing a contract course, I was under the impression that in order to sell to the federal government it demanded a completely different go-to-market approach than does the commercial sector. And contractors needed to meet a few regulatory formalities to make sure they're qualified and registered to sell to the government. Please clarify


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    FAR 8.002 clearly establishes the priority of mandatory supply sources. However, if the ordering officer (whether contracting officer or GCPC card holder) cannot obtain an item with sufficient quality, pricing, or delivery from Federal Prison Industries or the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, then use of commercial sources is authorized. Amazon.com is such a source. No pre-qualification or registration is necessary for purchases under the micropurchase threshold. Otherwise, a supplier would need to be registered in the System for Award Management (see FAR 4.1102). Amazon.com is clearly a "responsible" source per the requirements of FAR Part 9, so no problem there.

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