Competition and the GSA Schedules Program

The FAR states that orders and BPAs placed against the Schedules program are considered to be issued pursuant to full and open competition as long as the ordering procedures are followed. The Schedules program meets the requirements of the Competition in Contracting Act (CICA). Reference 41 United States Code 259(b)(3)(A) and FAR 6.102(d)(3).

An acquisition is considered to have been conducted under adequately competitive procedures when ordering activities follow the ordering procedures of FAR Subpart 8.4, Federal Supply Schedules (refer to “Ordering Procedures” — Section 3 of this Desk Reference).

Therefore, when placing orders in accordance with FAR 8.405, ordering activities: