Is It Whack to Use a MAC (Multiple Award Contract)?

Multiple Award Contracts (MACs) or Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQs) are inherently anti-competitive.

How could setting aside $10 billion for 50 contractors for 5 years be anything else?

This begs the question:  are the feds using MACs with the goal of being anti-competitive?

No, the primary benefit of a MAC is bureaucratic expediency. Public bids are becoming more snarled, costly, and time consuming as the federal government grows and the fight for federal contact dollars becomes more intense and visible. Open competition is just too cumbersome and impractical in our fast-paced world. Until someone comes up with a solution that is both practical and politically acceptable, MACs will stay in play.

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