About 40 percent of all contracts awarded by the Defense Department in fiscal 2013 were through noncompetitive awards, says an April 16 Government Accountability Office report.
When justifying why there was no competition, the DoD tends to bundle contracts together and apply a class justifcation rather than going contract-by-contract, the report says.
Under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (6.303-1), noncompetitive contracts must be supported by justifications that address the specific exception to the open competition requirement. Those justifications may cover an individual contact or multiple contracts under a class justification.
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