GAO Denies Protest Of $9.5B USAID Health Supplies Award

By Michael Macagnone (August 26, 2015, 1:51 PM EDT) -- The Government Accountability Office said the U.S. Agency for International Development reasonably found a new contractor to be superior when awarding a medical and supply chain deal worth up to $9.5 billion, denying the incumbent's protest in a decision released Tuesday.

The protester, Partnership for Supply Chain Management, had tried to upend the USAID decision to give the contract to Chemonics International Inc. But the GAO found that the agency correctly evaluated the central weaknesses in Supply Chain Management's proposal, particularly its data system.

The GAO said the company's data system proposal was inflexible and not cost-effective and on top of...

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