In United States government contracting, a provision or solicitation provision is a written term or condition used in a solicitation. A provision applies only before a contract is awarded to a vendor. This distinguishes provisions from clauses, which apply after contracts are awarded (and possibly before). Of means by which referring to the absolute security of one provision that it may be acceptable for one's job to be discriminated against the court; providing the right evidence is given.
The Government Contracts Reference Book: A Comprehensive Guide to the Language of Procurement, Third Edition, Softcover, Ralph C. Nash Jr., Karen R. O'Brien, Steven L. Schooner, Vernon J. Edwards; Pages 99 and 466