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In FY 2017, over 60 percent of federal contracts were competitively awarded.

The analysis below shows the competition information for the 24 CFO Act agencies which account for over 98% of federal contract spending. Other smaller agencies are grouped together in a separate category.

Why does the government use competition when awarding contracts?

Competition is a healthy component of maintaining the integrity of the federal procurement process. Competition generates better quality and lower costs for goods and services purchased in support of agency services to the American taxpayer.

The 1984 Competition in Contracting Act requires full and open competition while also allowing for exceptions in certain situations. In many cases, federal agencies will pursue competition even when an exception to the law applies, as competition may help to provide innovative solutions or better prices.

Competition in Contracting
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ACTIONS COMPETED

$ NOT COMPETED

ACTIONS NOT COMPETED

How We Conducted This Analysis

This analysis is generated directly from data available in the Federal Procurement Data System Next Generation, which is the source of U.S. federal procurement data on USASpending.gov. Data updated Dec 2017.