GAO Orders Retender After Improper Cancellation

By Paul Emanuelli

In its January 2017 decision in Walker Development & Trading Group, Inc., the GAO found that the government failed to provide proper reasons for the cancellation of a tendering process. The complainant brought a challenge after responding to a Request for Quotations for laundry services that was subsequently cancelled. The GAO found that the government provided “conflicting rationales” when the government decided to cancel its tendering process and directly award the contract to another supplier. After noting that the government bears the onus of justifying its cancellation decisions, the GAO voided the direct award and ordered a new tendering process.