The Defense Department at times did not justify awards of sole-source contracts under Federal Acquisition Regulations that changed in 2011 to address the matter, the Government Accountability Office found.
GovExec reports GAO reviewed eight of the most recent contracts and found Pentagon contracting officers did not provide the required justification in six cases.
In those six cases, auditors found contracting officials either did not know about the requirement or were confused about which justification to complete, Charles Clark writes.
According to Federal Computer Week, agencies are required under law to justify sole-source awards before negotiations begin.
Officials are required to show why it is in the agency’s best interest to award sole-source contracts and ensure it is paying a fair price, Matthew Weigelt writes.