Is it permissible under the FAR to award a short duration sole-source task order to his current contractor to ensure he has service until a competitive award is made this fall?
This question in and of itself is not sufficiently stated to obtain a responsible answer. The best we can do in this case is advise that you read FAR 6.302 (6.302 -- Circumstances Permitting Other Than Full and Open Competition)thoroughly and based on the actual acquisition determine if your acquisition falls into any of these categories which would condone the use of a sole-source acquisition. Unless it falls in one of these categories proper competition is required for a new acquisition. Failure to plan an acquisition is no excuse for circumventing the Competition In Contracting Act (CICA).
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You may also find it necessary to involve your Contracting Officer in making any decision to remove competition from your Acquisition Plan.