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The Office of the Procurement Executive, Department of State Bureau of Administration, (A/OPE) assists overseas Embassies and Consulates in contracting for needed supplies, services, and construction. Although the contracts are normally signed by General Services Officers at the embassy or consulate, Procurement Executive provides guidance on contracting matters and assists in making solicitations available to U.S. businesses.

The Department of State Acquisition Regulation (dosar) is the Department's supplement to the government-wide federal acquisition regulation. It provides guidance to Department personnel involved in the acquisition process. Those portions that affect contractors have been published in the Federal Register and are part of 48 CFR, Chapter 6.

A/OPE's general telephone number is 703 516-1680, FAX 703 875-6155. The Office of the Procurement Executive is staffed with a desk officer for each regional bureau:

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (A/SDBU) is responsible for implementation of the Department of State's activities on behalf of small and disadvantaged businesses and female-owned businesses in accordance with Public Law 95-507, Public Law 100-656, and Executive Order 12138. The office produces two publications: A Guide to Doing Business with the Department of State and a fiscal year Forecast of Contract Opportunities. For additional information on services provides, contact the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization on (703) 875-6822.

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