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    Ambulance service procurement estimated amount $1.6 million inclusive of options. I am using FAR 13 with tradeoffs because Non-price factors are more important than price, due to direct patient care. May the contracting officer use evaluation procedures in FAR 15.


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    FAR 13.106-2(b) says:
    (1) The contracting officer has broad discretion in fashioning suitable evaluation procedures. The procedures prescribed in parts 14 and 15 are not mandatory. At the contracting officer’s discretion, one or more, but not necessarily all, of the evaluation procedures in Part 14 or 15 may be used.
     
    Therefore, you should be able to use the procedures in Part 15 if you want to.  The most important thing to remember is that you must evaluate the proposals according to the relative importance and evaluation factors set forth in the solicitation.  We also recommend that you consult your legal counsel.

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