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    Can government procurements either through the awarding of a purchase order (less than or equal to $250K) or a micro-purchase be shipped directly to a residential address from the vendor? Also, if permitted, would there be restrictions as to whether the delivery is to the purchaser’s home vice the user’s home? Examples of items requested to be purchased includes office supplies, purchases of cables and USB ports and similar such items to support improved telework operations. I realize the examples cited are micro-purchases but I'm not sure if any items over $10k would be requested to be ordered.


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    This is a great question. 

    While the federal acquisition regulations and the CHARGE CARD GUIDEBOOK FOR ESTABLISHING AND MANAGING PURCHASE, TRAVEL, AND FUEL CARD PROGRAM do not expressly prohibit shipment to a residential address; it's the property regulations and if the equipment is "accountable property" that would apply.  Additionally, the process of inspection and acceptance must be accounted for and documented in such a case.

    We recommend you contact your Transportation and Property Book officials to find local procedures on how to accomplish this and comply with DoDI 5000.64 Accountability and Management of DoD Equipment and Other Accountable Property.

    We could not find any DoD or Federal Government Policy Memorandums or Directives issued as a result of the Federal Emergency Covid Response that addressed this specific issue.

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