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    FAR 7.104(c) states "If the plan proposes using other than full and open competition when awarding a contract, the plan shall also be coordinated with the cognizant competition advocate", does this requirement exist for buys using a SASS (over the SAT up to $8M)? Paragraph (d) of this clause states conditions when the Small Business specialist must coordinate, but the AFMC SASS template does not have a signature block for the Competition Advocate office, is their coordination required under FAR 7.104(c)?


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    In the Air Force, AFFARS 5307.104-92 permits the use of a Streamlined Acquisition Strategy Summary (SASS) in lieu of a more detailed acquisition plan for acquisitions under $8 million. However, this does not remove the requirement for Competition Advocate review for acquisitions conducted using other than full and open competition (FAR 7.104(c)). It appears the lack of a signature block for the Competition Advocate may be an oversight.

    I recommend you check with your organization's Office of the Competition Advocate to confirm whether this is an error or there is another explanation. 

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