Defense Contracting: DOD's Use of Competitive Procedures
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Competition is the cornerstone of a sound acquisition process and a critical tool for achieving the best return on investment for taxpayers. Federal statutes and regulations generally require that contracts be awarded competitively, but permit agencies to award contracts noncompetitively in certain circumstances. The conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 directed us to report annually for 3 years on the Department of Defense s DOD noncompetitive awards and competitive awards based on receipt of one offer.1 We have issued two prior reports on DOD competition, in which we made recommendations to help DOD enhance competition, learn from past procurements, collect reliable data on competitive procurements for which only one offer is received, and better understand why potential vendors did not submit offers.2 For this report, we examined 1 the trends in DOD s use of competitive contracts for fiscal years 2010 through 2014 2 the basis for exceptions to competitive procedures for fiscal years 2010 through 2014 and 3 the number and dollar amounts of awards for which DOD used competitive procedures but received only one offer during fiscal years 2013 and 2014. We are not making recommendations in this report.
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