Veteran-Contract Spat Taken Up by High Court
A veteran-owned business passed over for a federal contract persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to consider its challenge Monday.
The owner of Kingdomware Technologies qualifies as a service-disabled veteran, and the business participates in what is known as the “federal supply schedule,” or FSS.
Federal law encourages government agencies to obtain goods and services from the FSS before purchasing from commercial sources, but Kingdomware complained over the award of a contract in 2012 to an FSS vendor that did not qualify as a veteran-owned small business.
Though the Government Accountability Office initially supported Kingdomware’s challenge, calling for the contract resolicited as a set-aside for a SDVOSB, short for service-disabled, veteran-owned small business, the Department of Veterans Affairs refused to bend.
Kingdomware in turn sued and lost in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Read the full story at http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/06/22/veteran-contract-spat-taken-up-by-high-court.htm
Source: Courthouse News Service, Article written by Barbara Leonard, published June 22, 2015
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