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Understanding Government Contract Source Selection by Margaret G. Rumbaugh

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Establishing the Competitive Range

After the source selection authority (SSA) determines that the agency will get the best value by having discussions, the next step in the process is establishing the competitive range. The FAR states that based on the ratings of each proposal against all evaluation criteria, the contracting officer shall establish a competitive range comprising all of the most highly rated proposals, unless the range is further reduced for purposes of efficiency.1

The FAR offers no guidance on how to determine the competitive range beyond this definition. This lack of guidance gives the agencies a lot of flexibility and, again, ...

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