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Ruling Reopens Embassy-building Work To Smaller Contractors

Thursday, October 04, 2007 12:52 pm

Ruling Reopens Embassy-building Work To Smaller Contractors

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has opened the door for smaller contractors to bid on embassy-building projects. Previously, companies with revenues less than approximately $63 million per year had been barred from such projects, due to the State Department's reinterpretation of a statute defining who could bid.

In January 2007, the Department of State (DOS) solicited bids for contractor pre-qualification. Bidders were asked to certify their compliance with 22 USCS 4852 (section 402 of the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1986), which includes a requirement that bidders "achieved total business volume equal to or greater than the value of the project being bid in 3 years of the 5-year period" before a certain date.

Grunley Walsh International (Grunley), which had been pre-qualified the previous year, applied and was notifi [...]

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