Federal agencies that issue contracts without putting them up for competition now must publicly justify their decisions. In a final rule published Wednesday in the Federal Register, the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council modified the Federal Acquisition Regulation to require officials to post documents on their agency websites explaining any lack of competition. GovExec reports that the “justification and approval” documents also must be made available on an as-yet-undetermined governmentwide website no later than 14 days after a contract is awarded, and must remain on the site for at least 30 days.
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