VA Must Explain Contractor Choice In $12B Upgrade: Judge

Law360, New York (November 23, 2011, 3:46 PM EST) -- A federal judge has halted certain technology contracts awarded as part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ $12 billion modernization efforts, saying in an order released Tuesday that the agency hadn’t adequately explained its decision to pass over a well-rated but more expensive contractor.

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge George W. Miller enjoined awards to four veteran-owned small businesses, ruling in a Nov. 9 opinion that plaintiff Standard Communications Inc. had been harmed by the VA's inadequate best-value tradeoff analysis.

The judge ordered the...
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