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    Has a study been conducted showing a cost savings of competing the work versus going sole source or would this savings be based on an individual case by case study? We are trying to develop criteria to eliminate the competition and are hoping to show this with some sort of factor or percentage based on the total cost.


    The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Section 6.101 – Policy states: 

    (a) 10 U.S.C. 2304 and 41 U.S.C. 253 require, with certain limited exceptions (see Subparts 6.2 and 6.3), that contracting officers shall promote and provide for full and open competition in soliciting offers and awarding Government contracts.
    (b) Contracting officers shall provide for full and open competition through use of the competitive procedure(s) contained in this subpart that are best suited to the circumstances of the contract action and consistent with the need to fulfill the Government’s requirements efficiently (10 U.S.C. 2304 and 41 U.S.C. 253).

    In addition, provided below is the link to the Better Buying Power (BBP) Gateway which you should review as you prepare your documents.  Target Affordability and Promote Competition are two of the five BBP Forum areas that are listed.

    If you determine that your requirement is other than full and open competition, then FAR Subpart 6.3 –Other Than Full and Open Competition should be followed. 

    You may also want to review the Congressional Research Service report “Competition in Federal Contracting:  An Overview of the Legal Requirements” by Kate M. Manuel dtd 30 Jun 2011 and Enhancing Competition Awareness in DoD
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    As you prepare your acquisition documents, you should engage your contracting officer, small business office, competition advocate and other key Integrated Product Team members. 

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