Michael K. Love


One of the principal objectives of Congress in enacting laws to govern federal government contract awards is to insure competition by maximizing the number of contractors who compete for these contracts. To insure full and open competition, the specifications in government contracts must permit all responsible sources of goods, services, and construction to compete for the work. Specifications which are drawn so that only one source or a very limited number of sources can compete for the work may effectively thwart competition. Whether and how to enforce this requirement for competitive specifications during contract performance is this article's subject.