Rate of Air Force contracts awarded by competitive procurements declines

Competition for service contracts in the Air Force has fallen dramatically in the last few years. Air Force officials are trying to figure out why. In 2007, 75 percent of the Air Force’s service contracts were awarded through competitive procurements. By last year, that had fallen to 59 percent.

The findings come via a broader Government Accountability Office study, which found that as a whole, the Defense Department’s competition rates for services are almost twice what they are for products.

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