GAO Says Navy Rightly Cut Va. Small Biz From $57M IT Award

By Alyssa Aquino (August 27, 2021, 6:55 PM EDT) -- The Government Accountability Office backed the U.S. Navy's decision to cut a small business from competition for a $57 million information technology award, saying the IT firm didn't follow instructions seeking resumes for workers who would fill key roles.

McLean, Virginia-based HumanTouch LLC contended that while the solicitation required bidders to provide resumes for key personnel, that requirement covered the workers proposed for the contract's sole base year. But GAO rejected that argument in a decision made public Thursday, saying there was nothing in the solicitation's express language supporting HumanTouch's interpretation.

"On this record, we find no merit to HumanTouch's argument...

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