United States Code
USC most recently checked for updates: Dec 04, 2023
New contracts and grants and merit-based selection procedures
It is the policy of Congress that—
an executive agency should not be required by legislation to award—
a new contract to a specific non-Federal Government entity; or
a new grant for research, development, test, or evaluation to a non-Federal Government entity; and
a program, project, or technology identified in legislation be procured or awarded through merit-based selection procedures.
For purposes of this section—
a contract is a new contract unless the work provided for in the contract is a continuation of the work performed by the specified entity under a prior contract; and
a grant is a new grant unless the work provided for in the grant is a continuation of the work performed by the specified entity under a prior grant.
A provision of law may not be construed as requiring a new contract or a new grant to be awarded to a specified non-Federal Government entity unless the provision of law specifically—
refers to this section;
identifies the particular non-Federal Government entity involved; and
states that the award to that entity is required by the provision of law in contravention of the policy set forth in subsection (a).
This section does not apply to a contract or grant that calls on the National Academy of Sciences to investigate, examine, or experiment on a subject of science or art of significance to an executive agency and to report on those matters to Congress or an agency of the Federal Government.
cite as: 41 USC 3105