AT&T Case Confirms GAO's Broad View Of Waiver Authority

Law360, New York (April 2, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently opened the door for government agencies to use their waiver authority under the Federal Acquisition Regulation, Subpart 9.5, during a protest to render academic a protester’s claim of potential organizational conflicts of interest. AT&T Government Solutions Inc., B-407720, B-407720.2, Jan. 30, 2013, 2013 CPD ¶ __. Although waivers of OCIs under FAR Subpart 9.5 are not unusual, it is uncommon for an agency to waive an OCI during the pendency of a protest, as the Marine Corps did in AT&T...
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