USAID Withdraws $2B Antipoverty Contract After Protest

Law360, New York (August 23, 2013, 5:33 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Agency for International Development withdrew a protested solicitation for a $2 billion anti-poverty procurement, choosing Friday to take corrective action rather than litigate a bid protest at the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Development Alternatives Inc. had protested USAID's Economic Growth for Poverty Reduction, or EG4PR, contract at the GAO on Aug. 14, taking aim at the agency's plan to award contracts on a lowest-priced, technically acceptable basis. Because of USAID's loose definition of “technically acceptable” — an approach that caused USAID to accept all...
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