Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall has sent a memo to defense agency leaders on Friday to inform them of changes in competitive solicitation requirements, Federal News Radio reported Monday.
Jared Serbu writes that Kendall’s office also released a 24-page guidance that suggests best practices for Defense Department organizations to spur industry competition for DoD contracts.
“Given the declining trend in competition in the department and in light of today’s limited resources, we must maximize our use of direct and indirect competition,” Kendall wrote in his memo obtained by Federal News Radio.
“Every dollar saved through competition benefits the warfighter and the taxpayers,” he added, according to the station.
Kendall requires that DoD contracting officials publicize a request for information notice before making a sole-source award and include RFI results in the justification and approval document, according to Serbu’s article.
The station reports that the department’s business senior integration group will also conduct quarterly meetings to discuss competitive bidding strategies.
According to the station, the percentage of DoD contracting dollars awarded through a competitive process declined from 64 percent in 2008 to 57 percent last year.