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    Is it permissible to use Acceptable/Unacceptable when evaluating Small Business Participation, and would it make sense to do it this way?


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    While it is permissible to use Acceptable/Unacceptable when evaluation Small Business Participation, it doesn't appear to add significant value if you are planning to acquire these goods or services in a Tradeoff process as described in FAR 15.101-1.  As FAR 15.304 (b) (1) and (2) state: Evaluation Factors and significant subfactors must (1) represent the key areas of importance and emphasis to be considered in the source selection decision; and (2) Support meaningful comparison and discrimination between and among competing proposals. 

    You may wish to consult with your Small Business Representative to see if they have a sample rating scheme that would meet your requirements.


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