Ensuring contract competition
- By Diane Frank
- Apr 27, 2000
Under a revision to the Federal Acquisition Regulation, federal contracting
officers must take steps to ensure that quick-award contracts are competitive.
The General Services Administration, the Defense Department and NASA issued
the final rule Tuesday to help contracting officers ensure competition in
multiple-award contracts and the task orders issued on those contracts.
The agencies developed the revision last year after members of Congress
expressed concern about the level of competition in multiple-award contracts,
such as the GSA schedules.
The revised FAR emphasizes the use of performance-based contracting practices
and requires contracting officers to document why they chose to use or not
use a multiple-award contract.
It also highlights several factors that contracting officers must consider
before using or developing a multiple-award contract, including the mix
of resources a contractor must have to perform an expected task or delivery
order and the agency's ability to maintain competition among the awardees
throughout the contract's performance period.