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Government Limits| Non-Compete Contracts

WASHINGTON (CN) - The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council have placed a one year limit on the duration of contracts awarded noncompetitively under "unusual and compelling urgency."

Such contracts have been common with military contractors since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as the military sought to out-source noncombat positions and meet its immediate need for providers of food, shelter and, in some cases, security and construction.

The new one year limit rule implements part of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act of 2009. It further limits such contracts to the time it takes for the acquisition agency to use competitive procedures to enter into another contract for the required goods and services.

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