All procurement transactions, whether negotiated or competitively bid and without regard to dollar value shall be conducted in a manner so as to provide maximum open and free competition. Interagency agreements between units of local government are excluded from this provision.
Subrecipients must not create unreasonable restrictions on competition under the award. This applies with respect to any procurement of property or services that is funded (in whole or in part) by CVAD funds, regardless of the dollar amount of the purchase or acquisition, the method of procurement, or the nature of any legal instrument used as noted in (DOJ) Part 200 Uniform Requirements--including as set out at 2 C.F.R. 200.300. No subrecipient may, in any procurement transaction, discriminate against any person or entity on the basis of such person's or entity's status as an "associate of the federal government," or on the basis of such person or entity's status as a parent, affiliate, or subsidiary of such an associate, except as expressly set out in 2 C.F.R. 200.319(a), or as specifically authorized by the US Department of Justice.