GAO Denies Protest Over Navy Hospital Contract

Law360, New York (February 23, 2011, 6:27 PM EST) -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office revealed Wednesday it denied an Italian health care provider's protest over a U.S. Navy hospital contract, saying the Navy acted reasonably allowing a lower-priced bidder to compete before it was fully registered with a federal contractor database.

Although the Navy's request for proposals specified that contractors must be in the Central Contractor Registration database to be eligible for the award, the Navy invoked an exception in the Federal Acquisition Regulation that allows the requirement to be waived, according to a decision...
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