Contractors Oppose Defense Bill's No-Bid Research Provision
Apr.13.2012 — Government Contracts Law360
Washington, D.C.-based chair of Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group, Angela B. Styles, speaks to Government Contracts Law360 about a contractor group that urged lawmakers to reject a legislative proposal that would grant the U.S. Department of Defense the ability to award no-bid, multiyear contracts to federally funded research and development centers, saying the DOD request would unnecessarily limit competition.
According to the article, Styles said that because of those long-term agreements, government agencies already have incentive to turn to their Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) partners rather than seeking competition from other contractors. She noted, "They already are anti-competitive, so for them to have a different set of rules is bizarre."