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Competition Requirements in Federal Government Subcontracting


Jeffery A. White, C.P.M.
Jeffery A. White, C.P.M., President, J.A. White & Associates, Inc., Irmo, SC 29063, 803/407/1399;

89th Annual International Conference Proceedings - 2004 - Philadelphia, PA

Considering the fact that the United States economy is based on the concept of free trade, it should be no surprise that the policy of the Federal Government is to seek competition when placing prime contracts for the goods and services it uses. This policy is clearly established in the Competition in Contracting Act (CICA) and outlined in the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Part 6. FAR Part 6 provide detail guidance to Contracting Officers (CO’s) relative to their requirement to comply with the Federal Government’s policy of acquiring products and services on a full and open competitive basis. But to what degree must contractors comply with this “full and open competition” concept? Does the Competition in Contracting Act apply, in whole or in part, to prime contractors as they select their subcontractors? The focus of this workshop is to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with establishing corporate policies that embrace prime contractor’s true competitive requirements when issui ng subcontracts under a Federal Government Prime contract.

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