Was it allowable and proper for the contracting officer to negotiate a technically acceptable proposal under the Lowest Priced Technically Acceptable (LPTA) method under Part 15? One of our offices insists that under LPTA negotiations are not allowed.
There is nothing in FAR Part 15 that prohibits establishing a competitive range and opening discussions when using the low priced technically acceptable method. If the contracting officer deemed it necessary in order to make the only offer technically acceptable, then the FAR provide the flexibility to do. It should be pointed out that within DoD there are specific requirements regarding receipt of only one offer (See DFARS 215.371-2).
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