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Cost Estimates Protect Government Only Estimates; Bids

Wednesday, July 02, 2003 03:08 pm

Cost Estimates Protect Government Only Estimates; Bids

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has ruled that even if an agency failed to follow regulations regarding the use of government cost estimates, the regulations were intended to protect the government, not contractors.

The Department of Veterans Affairs planned to replace the fire alarm system in 19 buildings at the VA medical facility in Canandaigua, New York. The VA informed the Small Business Administration that the contract would be available for a set-aside under the SBA Section 8(a) program.

The project engineer estimated the cost of the work at $771,690. Based on that estimate, the [...]

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