Defense Procurement:

Solicitation for Contract Support Services Limited Competition

NSIAD-90-150: Published: May 22, 1990. Publicly Released: May 22, 1990.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed a Navy contract award for field engineering services for the Terrier Guided Missile Launching System.

GAO found that: (1) the solicitation restricted competition, even after the Navy modified it in response to a potential competitor's protest; (2) the Navy rescinded its initial contract award, split the requirements, and resolicited; and (3) Navy regulations did not require a competition advocate review because the Navy classified the procurement as competitive.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Department of Defense (DOD) concurred and implementation of the recommendation has been directed.

    Recommendation: To promote full and open competition, the Commanding Officer, San Diego Naval Regional Contracting Center, should ensure that competition advocates at the Detachment review competitive procurement requests for which little or no competition has existed in the past, including changes to those solicitations.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy: Naval Supply Systems Command: Naval Regional Contracting Center, San Diego, CA


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