GAO Nixes Protest Over Afghan Surveillance Contract

Law360, New York (January 21, 2011, 4:25 PM EST) -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office has ruled that the military did nothing wrong when it filled an urgent need for specialized surveillance equipment in Afghanistan through sole-source procurement instead of a competitive bidding process.

The military's urgent wartime need for G-BOSS Lite specialized surveillance equipment from ICx Tactical Platforms Corp. justified a single-source procurement, according to a GAO decision unsealed Thursday denying a bid protest brought by Argon ST Inc.

"Under wartime conditions, the government must procure items quickly and urgently to meet compelling military needs,"...
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