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GAO Stands Down in Lengthy Dispute with VA Over Set-Asides

December 26, 2012

In Kingdomware Techs.--Recon., GAO put the Veteran Owned and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business community on notice that it will no longer hear protests alleging that VA violated the Veterans Benefits Act of 2006 by using the Federal Supply Schedule without first determining whether a set aside was appropriate for them because protesters "will be unable to obtain meaningful relief" from GAO. The decision followed over a year of the VA defying numerous GAO recommendations on this very issue and a Court of Federal Claims decision by Judge Firestone in December favoring the agency's interpretation.

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