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    Is it possible to allow a Depot to build and provide the systems to the Air Force? I thought Depots supplied equipment and repaired equipment for the government. The AF needs to award a contract for providing systems to the field and there is a Depot that says they can build and then supply the systems to the field. Is that kosher? That is not anything that I have heard of but then again I have not experienced everything that is possible.


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    It's difficult to answer this question because the term "depot" as used here is very generic. Depots are typically facilities for centralized storage or transportation hubs. If the "depot" is a contractor facility (contractor-owned, contractor-operated) and the contractor wants to propose on an Air Force requirement, then I don't see an issue. If the depot is government-owned, contractor-operated (GOCO), the contracting officer will have to make an adjustment to a competitive proposal to eliminate an unfair competitive advantage an offeror would have by performing the contract in a government facility, which is government property. FAR subpart 45.1 provides guidance if this is the case.

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