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    Does AFAR 5113.303-6 (I) give carte blanche permission to rotate BPA holders regardless if they are the lowest price or not.


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    FAR13.104 states, “The contracting officer must promote competition to the maximum extent practicable” 

    FAR 13.303-2(c)(1) The reason for having multiple Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA) is to ”provide maximum practicable competition.”

    My interpretation of the FAR concerning multiple BPAs is to compete the calls.  In AFARS 5113.303-1-90 General. It is preferable to have multiple BPAs for similar items and to establish prices using reverse auctions among BPA holders.

    AFARS 5113.303-6(i) is not telling you how to make calls, it is talking about the review process, making sure individuals are using BPAs properly.  AFARS 5113.303-6(i) does NOT give carte blanche to rotate BPA holders regardless of price.

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