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    Can you accept a GSA Quote and Award a GSA Order in response to an Open Market Solicitation?


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    I see no reason why you can't issue the order under the GSA Schedule. You solicited open market, received three quotes open market, how you choose to award to the lowest offeror is a matter of contract administration in my view and completely within the discretion of the contracting officer provided that the GSA offer was against the identical requirement that you solicited open market.  No minor changes, data items (if any) are all exctly the same in every detail.

    You must insure that you factored the fees charged by GSA for using a Schedule in your evaluation for the best offer. The award documentation should reflect the circumstances of the award and reflect that decision process which led to using the GSA schedule.


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