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Counsel Commentary: Failure to Plan

by Stephen L. Bacon

Contract Management Magazine has published an article from RJO shareholder Stephen Bacon about how bid protest decisions highlight risks for agencies that fail to engage in advanced acquisition planning. 

Bacon’s article, “Failure to Plan,” spotlights several areas where advanced planning plays a pivotal role in determining whether agencies can meet legal requirements, such as in sole source procurements, commercial item procurements and small business set-asides.

“Procurement laws and regulations are often overlooked when agencies do not engage in thoughtful planning,” Bacon writes. “When agencies do not properly plan, competition may be unnecessarily restricted and compliance with important legal requirements and preferences may be neglected.” 

The piece, which appears in the magazine’s January issue (subscription required), is the latest entry in Bacon’s monthly Counsel Commentary column and is published by the National Contract Management Association. It was used with permission.

Read Bacon’s latest Contract Management article here.

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