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    Do AbilityOne contract awards require publicizing and congressional notification, i.e. CHINFO notification? I understand from FAR 5.202(a)(4) that a synopsis of proposed contract action is not required for AbilityOne but am not able to find a definitive answer on whether contract award and congressional notification, specifically CHINFO, are required for AbilityOne contracts.


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    DFARS 205.303(a)(iii) says to follow local Service or agency procedures. When I looked for Navy implementation, the following came from a NAVAIR page:
      
    Congressional notification. Prior to the award of a contract that obligates $5M or more, the Congress must be notified.
     
    This would seem to indicate that the Navy wants you to do a Congressional on contract awards of $5 million or more, regardless of whom the contractor is.
     

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