SOFARS PART 5606 - COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS
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(Added August 2015)
The waiver authority identified in DFARS PGI 206.302-1(d) is the Director of Procurement. The request for information (RFI) or source sought notice should be accomplished during market research and documented in the J&A. The RFI or sources sought is separate from the presolicitation notice required by FAR 5.2.
(Revised October 2019)
(a) When multiple sources are included in a class Justification and Approval (J&A) request, each source specified must be fully justified in accordance with FAR 6.303-2.
(b) Only one of the statutory authorities provided by 10 U.S.C. 2304(c) will be cited in Paragraph 4 of the J&A. If another statutory authority applies that will strengthen the justification for other than full and open competition, it may be cited in Paragraph 8 of the J&A.
(c) A full scale J&A is not required for solicitations issued in accordance with FAR Part 13, however the justification must be documented in the contract file.
(d) Follow the “Justification and Approvals (J&As) and Exception to Fair Opportunity” review and approval thresholds found in 5601-1
(e) See the DCG for the responsibilities for recording and tracking J&As and Bridge Actions.
The J&A template can be found in the DCG. All elements found in the template are mandatory and must be completed. If the template is not used, all mandatory elements must be included in the document submitted.
(Revised June 2018)
(a) A document entitled, "Amendment to Justification and Approval for Other than Full and Open Competition," may be prepared in lieu of a new J&A using the same paragraph designations as the basic J&A. Paragraphs of the basic J&A not affected by the amendment should be annotated, "No Change." Multiple amendments should be numbered sequentially. Changes from the approved J&A should be clearly identified. The Contracting Officer shall submit a copy of the basic J&A along with the amended J&A to the appropriate approval level as listed in Attachment 5601-1. A signed J&A must be completed prior to award of the subject contract action.
(b) The Contracting Officer shall amend the J&A and obtain approval at the required level (Attachment 5601-1) prior to awarding the contract, after contract award, or issuing a modification if any of the following circumstances occur:
(1) An increase resulting in an out of scope determination that was not originally contemplated in the J&A (Note: If the RAO or KO need flexibility to approve an increase in quantity or price without amending the approved J&A, the specific flexibilities desired (i.e. 20% variation) must be addressed in the original J&A).
(2) The negotiated price increase causes the approval level authority to rise to a higher level. The approval authority may recommend changes to the J&A and the contracting officer may accomplish these changes, or any other changes, by submitting change pages to the approval authority for inclusion in the final document.
(3) There is a change in the competitive strategy that would further reduce competition (Note: The KO shall jointly determine the impact of changes to the acquisition strategy with the contract attorney to ensure the change does not restrict competition or require a change to the justification).
There is a modification to the requirement that changes the basis for the justification. If the new effort is outside the scope of the original J&A, the contracting officer shall submit an amended J&A to the appropriate approving authority. The contracting action cannot be awarded until the amended J&A is approved.
(c) If the statutory authority for other than full and open competition is no longer applicable, or a different statutory authority now applies, a new J&A shall be completed.
(Added June 2010)
(c) Contracting officers must ensure that an adequate Operational Security (OPSEC) review was conducted prior to posting.
(d) Follow the procedures in the DCG for posting J&As to beta.SAM.
(Revised August 2015)
Follow the procedures at DFARS 215.371 for guidance on competitive procurements receiving only one offer. If the requirement cannot be complied with, the Waiver for Competitive Solicitation Re-Advertisement or Cost-Price Negotiations must be signed by the contracting officer, the program manager, and approved by the HCA or HCA designee. Waiver authority cannot be delegated below one level above the contracting officer.
(Revised November 2018)
(a) The USSOCOM Acquisition Executive/Senior Procurement Executive (AE/SPE) designates as, and delegates the duties of, the USSOCOM Agency Advocate for Competition (AAC) to the Deputy Director of Procurement, and the Procuring Activity Advocate for Competition (PAAC) to each Division Chief of SOF AT&L-KH/KI/KW/KP/KR/KS/KF and Field Contracting Office Chief with the exception of WARCOM. The N01C Deputy is the PAAC for WARCOM. These duties are not delegable.
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