Broad Agency Announcement

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The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is a technique for United States government agencies to contract for basic and applied research and certain development.[1]

The technique may be used to acquire "scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge or understanding."[2] The technique shares the name of the means of initiating it. The announcement, published in Federal Business Opportunities,[3] describes "broadly defined areas of interest"[4] Proposals received in response to the announcement are evaluated through a peer or scientific review process,[5] unlike the more traditional technique for evaluation of proposals under FAR Subpart 15.3[6] An award under the technique is treated as meeting the statutory requirement in the Competition in Contracting Act for full and open competition (vis a no-bid contract). [7]

It is not intended for acquisition "related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement."[8] It may only be used "when meaningful proposals with varying technical/scientific approaches can reasonably be foreseen."[8]


  1. ^ 48 CFR 35.016(a). Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  2. ^ 48 CFR 35.016(a) Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  3. ^ Federal Business Opportunities. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  4. ^ (FAR 35.016(b)(1). Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  5. ^ FAR 35.016(d). Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  6. ^ FAR Subpart 15.3. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  7. ^ 48 CFR 6.102(d)(2). Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  8. ^ a b 48 CFR 35.016(a). Retrieved January 14, 2015.

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