DOD gets authority to limit contract competition

Rule's objective is to provide jobs to people in Iraq and Afghanistan and stabilize the countries' economies

Defense Department officials have adopted a rule that grants DOD authority to limit competition for contracts when buying to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The objective is to bring jobs to the people of Iraq and Afghanistan when DOD buys products and services, according to a notice regarding the rule change in today’s Federal Register. For services, the work would have to be done predominantly by the country's citizens.

The amendment to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement is a statutory requirement in the fiscal 2008 National Defense Authorization Act, a 2008 law. The law allows DOD to use certain procurement procedures that could help to provide a stable source of jobs to the two countries, the notice states. DOD officials said they needed guidance that enables contracting officers to use the new procedures as soon as possible.

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Officials say DOD has an urgent need to bring stability to the two countries where the U.S. military is engaged, the notice states.

In the notice, officials say the purchasing under this authority is relatively small and won't affect DOD's industrial base or other technology contractors.

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Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

Reader Comments

Mon, Apr 19, 2010

The US infrastructure footprint in both those countries is enormous.Just like we never left Germany and Korea, we will never leave SWA.

Fri, Apr 9, 2010 EMH United States

This approach is understood and fairly common to encourage and build job functions in war-torn, countries thru the contracting process. The article does not project the scope of the effort, in terms of, funding allocation, professional range and volume of jobs and duration of time that this will be supported. It will be interesting to see the response of those that receive contracts and gain from it - will it bridge diplomacy and aid the cause? Let's also hope that the contracting process and procedures result in selecting the best sources and does not end-up being a financial fiasco that lines the wrong pockets.

Thu, Apr 8, 2010

I though we we in a receission....??? This is crazy to me... How can we ensure jobs for other country citizens, utilizing US tax dollars, etc. When our own citizens could utilize these jobs... I understand the overall mission, but come on.....

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