From Incentive Prize and Challenge Competitions to Procurement

August 2016
Topics: Government Agency Operations, Management, Systems Engineering
Dr. Mike Arendt, The MITRE Corporation
Ryan M. Novak, The MITRE Corporation
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After executing an incentive prize or challenge competition under the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act of 2007 or other authority, the Government often wants to purchase the winning solution but cannot do so without initiating a prolonged and inefficient acquisition process as prescribed by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), adding unacceptable delays in providing the discovered solution to users. This document describes how the results of an incentive prize or challenge competition can be efficiently transitioned to the Government using the following approaches:

  • Transition of Incentive Prize or Challenge Competitions to a Follow-on Sole Source Procurement
  • Use of Incentive Prize and Challenge Competition Participation for Full and Open Competition
    • Design Incentive Prize and Challenge Competitions to Support FAR's Full and Open Competition Requirements
    • Incentive Prize and Challenge Competition Environment and Pre-Award In-Use Evaluation
    • Incentive Prize and Challenge Competition Results and Follow-on Proposal Evaluation
    • Incentive Prize and Challenge Competitions Results and the Follow-on Technical Proposal
    • Incentive Prize or Challenge Competition Results and the Advisory Multi-Step Process
    • Incentive Prize or Challenge Competition Participation and Follow-on Past Performance Evaluation
  • Use of Government Purpose Rights from an Incentive Prize or Challenge Competition to a Follow-on Procurement

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