Serving Justice - Securing Results
The Competition in Contracting Act (CICA) of 1984 requires that
all acquisitions be made using full and open competition. Seven
exceptions to using full and open competition are specifically
identified in FAR Part 6. Documentation justifying the use of any
of these exceptions is required. The exception, with supporting
documentation, must be certified and approved at certain levels
that vary according to the dollar value of the acquisition. The
information that must be included in each justification is identified
in FAR Part 6.
Each contracting activity should issue local implementing procedures
that define the appropriate processing of JOFOCs at their locale.
These procedures should specifically address the responsibilities
of the program manager and contracting activity legal counsel.
Additionally, JOFOCs shall be made publicly available at the Government
Point of Entry (GPE) www.fedbizopps.gov and
on the website of the agency, which may provide access to the justifications
by linking to the GPE, within 14 days after contract award, unless
an exception applies. The JOFOCs must remain posted for a minimum
of thirty days.
The use of the attached model JOFOC,
in accordance with FAR 6.303-2, assures a consistent approach for
including the required information identified in the FAR.