VA Wrongly DQ'ed Small Biz From Fertilizer Contract: GAO

Law360, New York (October 31, 2012, 8:36 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office sustained a disabled-veteran-owned small business' protest over a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs fertilizer contract Wednesday, saying VA showed a “fundamental misunderstanding” of a 2006 law that requires the agency to set aside contracts for veteran-owned small businesses.

South Dakota-based Phoenix Environmental Design Inc., owned by a disabled veteran, argued that VA violated the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 when it purchased fertilizer for the Santa Fe National Cemetery without determining that no service-disabled veteran-owned small...
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