Negotiation of Renewal Contracts with National Park Concessioners

B-80362: Oct 28, 1948

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The Secretary of the Interior requested that GAO advise whether it had any objections to a draft renewal contract for park concessioners which stated that any building development undertaken by the concessioner during the previous contract period was considered property of the United States, and that the concessioner only held the right to reimbursement if the contract was not renewed.

GAO determined that the renewal leases put all bidders on the same footing from the standpoint of their capital investment in the buildings and improvements, and as such perceived no objection to the procedure for renewal contract negotiations with national park concessioners.