GAO: Sole-Source Bridge Contracts are Acceptable after Corrective Action

Generally, agencies are required to maximize competition for procurements. But there are exceptions to this rule, such as for simplified acquisitions. Another exception is for sole source bridge contracts awarded between the end of an incumbent contract and the start of a new contract. A recent GAO case explains the rationale for why a sole-source award is usually acceptable in that situation. In Trailboss Enterprises, Inc., B-415970.2, (Comp. Gen. May 7, 2018), Trailboss protested the terms of a solicitation for Air Force flight training services. Trailboss also protested the award of a sole-source contract to PKL Services, Inc. for training services during the time between the expiration of the incumbent contract and the award of the new contract. Trailboss had filed an earlier protest for the same procurement, in response to which the Air Force took corrective action. During the corrective action, the Air Force indicated via synopsis it would award a sole-source…

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