Contractors Fret Looming Expiry Of GAO Task Order Protests

Law360, Nashville (September 30, 2016, 3:28 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office's jurisdiction over protests on most civilian task orders will sunset on Sept. 30 with the end of the fiscal year, leaving federal contractors with no palatable alternative and likely little recourse.

The legislative clause that gives the GAO the authority to hear protests over task and purchase orders — orders for goods or services made under broader, overarching contracts — from civilian agencies that are worth over $10 million expires at the end of fiscal year 2016 on Sept. 30.

Of the nearly 2,650 cases that the GAO addressed in FY2015, 335 arose from its special...

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