Competition and Bidding Data as an Indicator of the Health of the U.S. Defense Industrial Base

Report Number: SYM-AM-15-085

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Defense Industrial Base (DIB)

Report Series: Symposium Proceedings

Authors: Andrew Hunter, Gregory Sanders, Jesse Ellman

Title: Competition and Bidding Data as an Indicator of the Health of the U.S. Defense Industrial Base

Published: 2015-04-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2015/SYM-AM-15-085.pdf

Keywords: Proceedings, Wednesday Sessions, Vol. 1, Symposium

Abstract:

Promoting competition in contracting has been a focus of Department of Defense (DoD) efforts for many years, but this focus has heightened in recent years as defense budgets have declined dramatically. Though there has been much written about the results of these efforts, most of the literature has focused on rates of competition for the DoD overall. In previous work on DoD contracting, however, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has found that competition rates vary not just on what is being purchased, but by who in the DoD is doing the purchasing. This research effort builds upon previous CSIS work on defense contracting, using publicly available data from the Federal Procurement Data System. The study team has undertaken to build a predictive model of defense contracting, identifying factors that correlate with higher or lower rates of effective competition, and using data from past years to generate an