Base Contractor Loses $57.5M Air Force Fed. Claims Protest

By Bryan Koenig (July 1, 2016, 8:47 PM EDT) -- A Federal Claims judge threw out consolidated preaward bid protest lawsuits from a would-be U.S. Air Force Reserve contractor Thursday, concluding the military branch didn't improperly keep bidders in the dark and didn't give an unfair advantage to companies lacking past experience.

Federal Claims Judge Bohdan A. Futey rejected Texas-based Phoenix Management Inc.'s challenge of the fall solicitations, totaling more than $57 million in estimated costs, for base operations and support at Air Force Reserve bases in Youngstown, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, concluding the military didn't shortchange bidders by leaving out historical cost information from incumbent contractors performing the work.

"The solicitations...

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