Noncompetitive Federal Contracting: Analyses of ”Bridge” Situations and Urgent Needs

Janet Weaver (Editor)

Series: Government Procedures and Operations
BISAC: LAW021000



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When an existing contract is set to expire but the follow-on contract is not ready to be awarded, the government can extend the existing contract or award a short-term sole-source contract to avoid a gap in service. These have been referred to as “bridge contracts.” While bridge contracts can be necessary tools, they are awarded without competition, which puts the government at risk of paying too much. This book examines insights selected agencies have into their use of bridge contracts; key characteristics of bridge contracts; and the reasons bridge contracts are used. (Imprint: Novinka)


Chapter 1. Sole Source Contracting: Defining and Tracking Bridge Contracts Would Help Agencies Manage Their Use
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 2. Federal Contracting: Noncompetitive Contracts Based on Urgency Need Additional Oversight
United States Government Accountability Office


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