Do I follow the Brooks Act for competition among GSA Contractors/schedule
What type of vehicle will I award agains the GSA Contract Schedule
For either GSA schedule or in house multiple award IDIQ type contracts, you have only completed part of the required competition. In Architect-Engineer Contracting, we must always identify the best qualified firm before negotiating price.
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The term "best qualified" is often mis-understood. This term means that this one firm has a unique set of skills that are matched to the specific design requirement that the government is interested in purchasing. When we are awarding a design services contract as a stand alone we use the full Brooks Act proceedures.
In the case of a MATOC, IDIQ or other schedule mechanism, the initial government-contractor selection process completed some of the requirements for competition against a generic SOW.
However, now there is a very specific design requirement and the government must 1) establish that this specific requirement fits within the general scope of the IDIQ contrac; and then 2)finish the Brooks Act competition requirements in order to select the "best qualified" firm.
Failure to complete the second step violates the Brooks Act.