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15.303 Responsibilities.

15.303 Responsibilities.

      (a) Agency heads are responsible for source selection. The contracting officer is designated as the source selection authority, unless the agency head appoints another individual for a particular acquisition or group of acquisitions.

      (b) The source selection authority shall-

           (1) Establish an evaluation team, tailored for the particular acquisition, that includes appropriate contracting, legal, logistics, technical, and other expertise to ensure a comprehensive evaluation of offers;

           (2) Approve the source selection strategy or acquisition plan, if applicable, before solicitation release;

           (3) Ensure consistency among the solicitation requirements, notices to offerors, proposal preparation instructions, evaluation factors and subfactors, solicitation provisions or contract clauses, and data requirements;

           (4) Ensure that proposals are evaluated based solely on the factors and subfactors contained in the solicitation (10 U.S.C.2305(b)(4)(C) and 41 U.S.C.3703(c));

           (5) Consider the recommendations of advisory boards or panels (if any); and

           (6) Select the source or sources whose proposal is the best value to the Government (10 U.S.C.2305(b)(4)(C) and 41 U.S.C.3703(c)).

      (c) The contracting officer shall-

           (1) After release of a solicitation, serve as the focal point for inquiries from actual or prospective offerors;

           (2) After receipt of proposals, control exchanges with offerors in accordance with 15.306; and

           (3) Award the contract(s).