Are Small Business Concerns "Nontraditional Defense Contractors?" in Don Mansfield's Blog A blog by Don Mansfield Posted April 3 · Report reply 2 hours ago, here_2_help said: could the CO use Part 15 procedures for the others but use Part 12 procedures for the NTDCs? help, It's a popular misconception that FAR part 12 procedures are for commercial items and FAR part 15 procedures are for noncommercial items. When acquiring commercial items, the CO will typically use one of three contracting methods: Quote 12.203 Procedures for solicitation, evaluation, and award. Contracting officers shall use the policies unique to the acquisition of commercial items prescribed in this part in conjunction with the policies and procedures for solicitation, evaluation and award prescribed in Part 13, Simplified Acquisition Procedures; Part 14, Sealed Bidding; or Part 15, Contracting by Negotiation, as appropriate for the particular acquisition. As such, I think what you're asking is if, when acquiring noncommercial items on a competitive basis, the CO should prepare one solicitation for NTDCs (containing commercial provisions & clauses) and one for others (containing noncommercial provisions & clauses). That's a good question. I don't know.