HUD Unmoved By Fed. Circ. Loss Over Housing Contracts

Law360, New York (April 4, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT) -- The Department of Housing and Urban Development isn't conceding defeat after a Federal Circuit decision blocking it from replacing housing administration contracts with grants, saying Wednesday that it will seek Congressional authority to give grants directly to state housing agencies instead of running formal contract competitions.

HUD has long been at odds with several contractors who have accused the agency of seeking to evade competition requirements in its administration of subsidized housing in 42 jurisdictions. After recompeting existing contracts to administer its Project-Based Section 8 Rental Assistance Program in 2011, many contractors protested the agency's decisions, and HUD called a mulligan...

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