Magazine article National Defense

Small Businesses Waiting to See How Efficient Competition Defined

Magazine article National Defense

Small Businesses Waiting to See How Efficient Competition Defined

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It is unclear what effect the recent decision by the Clinton administration regarding increasing the number of white women entrepreneurs eligible for minority business assistance will have on Pentagon contractors.

New regulations for the Small Business Administration's minority program will mean that many white women-owned firms will be able to participate.

The most pressing small business topic under debate now at the Pentagon is the federal acquisition regulation (FAR) part 15, intended to respond to legislation passed in 1995. The section, which has been rewritten several times, is intended to provide efficient competition procedures, generally considered to be something less than full and open.

The distinction between full and open and efficient competition is that not all proposers submit a best and final offer under the efficient competition process. Eligible candidates are preselected for a contract award, instead of considering all of those who want to participate in a contract competition. …

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