Washington Technology: Labor under fire for shirking small business bidders

“Candor Solutions is fighting back against a series of Labor Department decisions that the company’s attorney says hurt small businesses.”

“Earlier this year, Labor issued two task order solicitations for the same work. One was issued through CIO-SP3 Small Business and the other was issued under that vehicle’s unrestricted track. The department said that they would pick the winner from the pool of bidders responding to the solicitations.”

“DV United filed a protest challenging that unorthodox approach, arguing that the department violated set-aside rules.”

“Labor then decided to cancel the small business solicitation and just go forward with the unrestricted solicitation.”

“That’s when Candor filed its first protest to argue Labor improperly pulled back a small business set-aside contract in favor of an unrestricted one. Labor didn’t make the findings needed to cancel a set-aside contract.”

“Labor put the blame on Candor and to a certain degree, the Government Accountability Office agreed…”

“But it is interesting that GAO also criticized Labor’s actions. ‘The record here leaves little doubt that (Labor’s) acquisition approach was facially flawed,’ GAO writes.”

“Now Candor is back with a new protest because the Labor Department moved forward with the unrestricted solicitation and made a $79.9 million award to Buchanan & Edwards…” Read the full article here.

Source: Labor under fire for shirking small business bidders – By Nick Wakeman, October 9, 2020. Washington Technology.

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