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subpart 208.6--ACQUISITION FROM FEDERAL PRISON INDUSTRIES, INC.

(Revised April 26, 2002)

 

 



 208.602 Policy
 208.606 Exceptions


208.602  Policy
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     (a)  Before purchasing a product listed in the FPI Schedule, departments and agencies shall conduct market research to determine whether the FPI product is comparable to products available from the private sector that best meet the Government’s needs in terms of price, quality, and time of delivery (10 U.S.C. 2410n).  This is a unilateral decision made solely at the discretion of the department or agency.

 

              (i)  If the FPI product is comparable, follow the policy at FAR 8.602(a).

 

              (ii)  If the FPI product is not comparable--

 

                    (A)  Use competitive procedures to acquire the product; and

 

                    (B)  Consider a timely offer from FPI for award in accordance with the specifications and evaluation factors in the solicitation.

 

208.606  Exceptions.

 

For DoD, FPI clearances also are not required--

 

      (1)  For orders of listed items totaling $250 or less that require delivery within 10 days; or

 

      (2)  If market research shows that the FPI product is not comparable to products available from the private sector that best meet the Government’s needs in terms of price, quality, and time of delivery.


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