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    Is their a FAR or other regulatory reference that states this is always the case with CTAs or is this simply a GSA policy for CTAs with GSA contracts?


     I believe the answer to your question can be found in FAR Subpart 9.6 -- Contractor Team Arrangements.  The definition given in 9.601 states “Contractor team arrangement,” as used in this subpart, means an arrangement in which --(1) Two or more companies form a partnership or joint venture to act as a potential prime contractor; or (2) A potential prime contractor agrees with one or more other companies to have them act as its subcontractors under a specified Government contract or acquisition program.  9.603 states that " The Government will recognize the integrity and validity of contractor team arrangements; provided, the arrangements are identified and company relationships are fully disclosed in an offer or, for arrangements entered into after submission of an offer, before the arrangement becomes effective. The Government will not normally require or encourage the dissolution of contractor team arrangements. 

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