Can a sole-source 8(a) contract be competed among other 8(a) companies at the end of the base year of a one year with three option years contract?
The inclusion and exercise of options is for the convenience of the Government, not for the benefit of a contractor... 8(a) or otherwise. It's called an "option" for a reason. The option clause used in 8(a) contracts is no different than the one used for large businesses. If the contracting officer has a reason for not exercising the option, I don't know of any rule that prohibits the contracting officer from conducting a new competition if the Government requirement still exists. Of course it would be good business practice to brief the existing contractor on the reason for not exercising the option(s).
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