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    Should the new requirement be competed only among 8a firms?


    That is a judgment call for the contracting officer. FAC 2005-50 made it clear the contracting officer has full discretion to decide which socio-economic tool to use, and how to use it. While CICA mandates "maximum practicable competition", it also has an exception for other than full and open competition when a non-competitive action is otherwise authorized by law, which an award to an ANC is. GAO has also stated it will not accept protests of sole source awards to ANCs.
    Bottom line: Do what is best for the customer and taxpayer, while also considering delivery schedule requirements and available resources.

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