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companies that they believe are capable of meeting the agency's requirements. Other than
full and open competition is permitted under the following, as quoted from the FAR.
Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency
requirements. When the supplies or services required by the agency are available
from only one responsible source, or, for DOD, NASA, and the Coast Guard, from
only one or a limited number of responsible sources, and no other type of supplies or
services will satisfy agency requirements.
Unusual and compelling urgency. When the agency's need for the supplies or
services is of such an unusual and compelling urgency that the Government would be
seriously injured unless the agency is permitted to limit the number of sources from
which it solicits bids or proposals, full and open competition need not be provided for.
Industrial mobilization; engineering, developmental, or research capability; or
expert services. Full and open competition need not be provided for when it is
necessary to award the contract to a particular source or sources in order to maintain
a facility, producer, manufacturer, or other supplier ... to establish or maintain an
essential engineering, research or development capability ... [or] to acquire the
services of an expert or neutral person for any current or anticipated litigation or
International agreement. Full and open competition need not be provided for when
precluded by the terms of an international agreement or a treaty between the United
States and a foreign government or international organization, or the written directions
of a foreign government reimbursing the agency for the cost of the acquisition of the
supplies or services for such government.
Authorized or required by statute. Full and open competition need not be provided
for when a statute expressly authorizes or requires that the acquisition be made
through another agency or from a specified source; or the agency's need is for a brand
name commercial item for authorized resale.
National security. Full and open competition need not be provided for when the
disclosure of the agency's needs would compromise the national security unless the
agency is permitted to limit the number of sources from which it solicits bids or
Public interest. Full and open competition need not be provided for when the agency
head determines that it is not in the public interest in the particular acquisition
A contracting officer is required to justify, in writing, other than full and open competition
actions, certify the accuracy and completeness of the justification, and obtain approval
from the appropriate agency authority.10 When not providing for full and open
competition, a contracting officer, nevertheless, is to solicit offers "from as many potential
9 FAR 6.302-1- 6.302-7. Statutory authority for other than full and open competition is found
in 41 U.S.C. 253(c) (civilian agencies) and 10 U.S.C. 2304 (Department of Defense).
10 FAR 6.303-1(a).
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