The FAR’s definitions of competition
The Federal Acquisition Regulation classifies competition in three categories.
- Full-and-open competition, in which any company can submit a bid.
- Full-and-open competition after the exclusion of sources, in which an agency limits competition to a particular type of bidder, such as small businesses.
- Other than full-and-open competition, in which an agency justifies limited competition based on financial or time constraints.
Matthew Weigelt is a former FCW senior writer who covered acquisition and procurement.