(ii)(A) The contracting officer must determine whether multiple awards are appropriate as part of acquisition planning. The contracting officer must avoid situations in which awardees specialize exclusively in one or a few areas within the statement of work, thus creating the likelihood that orders in those areas will be awarded on a sole-source basis; however, each awardee need not be capable of performing every requirement as well as any other awardee under the contracts. The contracting officer should consider the following when determining the number of contracts to be awarded:
(1) The scope and complexity of the contract requirement.
(2) The expected duration and frequency of task or delivery orders.
(3) The mix of resources a contractor must have to perform expected task or delivery order requirements.
(4) The ability to maintain competition among the awardees throughout the contracts’ period of performance.