It is possible to avoid the solicitation process altogether. Government offices have access to purchase cards (government credit cards) for “micro-purchases,” or purchases of supplies and services that do not exceed $3,500 in total. These purchases, which include travel and fuel, are not scrutinized to the same degree as most other acquisitions, but they are still administered by a strict set of rules. For more information on government purchase cards see https://smartpay.gsa.gov/)