Tampa defense contractors are awaiting a response from U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to a federal court ruling last week that the command overreached by calling for a do-over on $900 million worth of awards on a problem-plagued contracting program.
At stake is millions of dollars in government contracts and a significant investment of time and money by contractors. But often, progress is tied up in a system where a protest can extend an existing contract or lead to a new one.
As government contracting dollars dry up, protests have increased, according to a study last year by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.
The latest example came last week from a Washington, D.C., court that few outside government contracting have heard about.
Court of Federal Claims Judge Nancy Firestone ruled that SOCOM took action “not reasonable under the circumstances” when it decided to redo an award that allowed four companies to bid on up to $900 million in services over a five-year period.
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