DOD Competes Fewer Contracts

March 29, 2013

The Defense Department held fewer competitions for contracts in fiscal 2012 than in 2008, declining in total by 5.5 percent during the four-year span, according to a report released March 28. The majority of the non-competitive contract awards were tagged as having only a single company able to do the work, justifying a sole-source award.

In fiscal 2012, DOD obligated $359 billion through contracts and task orders, of which $205.3 billion, or 57 percent, went to competitive awards. In 2008, DOD obligated 62.6 percent of its money through the competitive process, the Government Accountability Office found in its analysis of spending data.

The 2012 competition rate varied widely across the services.. The Air Force had the lowest competition rate at 37.1 percent. The Defense Logistics Agency had the highest rate at 83.3 percent.

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