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Sole Source Contracting: Defining and Tracking Bridge Contracts Would Help Agencies Manage Their Use

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Office of Federal Procurement Policy
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To gain visibility and enable efficient management on the use of bridge contracts in federal agencies, the Administrator of OFPP should take appropriate steps to develop a standardized definition for bridge contracts and incorporate it as appropriate into relevant FAR sections.
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Staff from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) had previously told us that OFPP would be convening the FAR Council to discuss regulatory action after it completes the development of management guidance. In January 2020, OFPP staff stated that they were reviewing the extent to which this guidance was necessary moving forward, and noted that there is no estimated timeframe for completion of this review. Further, in August 2020, OFPP staff said that in light of the focus on COVID and related priorities, OFPP did not have immediate plans to pursue guidance on bridge contracts. OFPP

Office of Federal Procurement Policy
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
To gain visibility and enable efficient management on the use of bridge contracts in federal agencies, the Administrator of OFPP should, as an interim measure, until the FAR is amended, provide guidance to agencies on (1) a definition of bridge contracts, with consideration of contract extensions as well as stand-alone bridge contracts; and (2) suggestions for agencies to track and manage their use of these contracts, such as identifying a contract as a bridge in a Justification and Approval (J&A) when it meets the definition, and listing the history of previous extensions and stand-alone bridge contracts back to the predecessor contract in the J&A.
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OMB staff had previously told us that they had drafted guidance, which included a definition for bridge contracts, and that it was under review. In January 2020, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) staff stated that they were reviewing the extent to which this guidance was necessary moving forward and noted that there is no estimated timeframe for completion of this review. Further, in August 2020, OFPP staff said that in light of the focus on COVID and related priorities, OFPP does not have immediate plans to pursue guidance on bridge contracts. OFPP staff noted that OFPP continues to work

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