GAO Sustains $10B Criminal Justice Contract Protest

Law360, New York (April 12, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office said Tuesday that it had overturned part of a $10 billion contract award to help develop criminal justice programs in several countries including Afghanistan and Iraq because the U.S. Department of State did not follow its own bid evaluation scheme.

The decision to sustain losing bidder Emergence Group Advisors LLC's bid protest for a small-business set-aside was made on Feb. 29, but released publicly Tuesday.

"Contracting agencies do not have the discretion to announce in the solicitation that they will use...
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