GAO Says Protest Fee Cap Applies To Former Small Biz

By Alyssa Aquino (August 5, 2020, 6:58 PM EDT) -- A Virginia company can't recoup the full legal costs of protesting a $19 million information technology task order because the former small business is subject to a cap on large business protesters' reimbursable legal fees, a federal watchdog has said.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office refused to direct the government to foot Harmonia Holdings Group LLC's entire $73,000 legal bill, finding that though the software company held small business status when it bid on the contract, the company was certified as a large company when it protested the award, according to a decision publicly released Tuesday.

The GAO said it must...

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