Protest Involving Requirements of Walsh-Healey Act and Service Contract Act

B-187152: Aug 31, 1976

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A company protested award of a contract, alleging that the awardee cannot meet the requirements of the Walsh-Healey Act concerning wage rates. The responsibility for administering the Walsh-Healey Act and the Service Contract Act, which is more applicable to the contract, rests with the Department of Labor. The protest concerning the awardee's ability to pay certain wages involves a determination of responsibility which is not subject to review by GAO. The award was not precluded merely because the contractor may lose money on it. Allegations of excess gift-giving, predatory pricing, and obtaining a loan in questionable circumstances are also not for GAO consideration.

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