GAO Ruling Instructs On Proposal Planning During M&As

By Scott Freling, Alexander Hastings and Brenna Ferris (November 15, 2021, 3:12 PM EST) -- Amid the whirlwind of mergers and acquisitions activity in the government contracts industry, a recent bid protest decision from the U.S. Government Accountability Office highlights the importance of proper planning to protect prime contract proposals during M&A and other corporate transactions.

Last month, the GAO denied a protest from ICI Services Corporation that challenged the U.S. Navy's decision to award a task order to Serco Inc. under the SeaPort Next Generation vehicle.[1]

Although ICI raised a multitude of challenges, the GAO focused on what it considered the gravamen of ICI's protest — that Serco was ineligible for award because it allegedly...

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