Award of Government Contracts in Tennessee To Unlicensed Contractors

B-125577: Oct 11, 1955

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This decision concerns the award of Government contracts in Tennessee to contractors who are not licensed in that state. Under Tennessee law, all contractors performing work directly for that owner on a project over $10,000 are required to secure a license as a general contractor from the State Board for Licensing General Contractors. The validity of such a license is conditional upon the contractor’s payment of this State privilege tax. Criminal penalties are imposed against contractors who operate under invalid licenses and against property owners or others who accept bids from unlicensed contractors.

It is alleged by the attorney that the Department of the Navy accepted bids from painting contractors who are not licensed by the State of Tennessee in connection with work on Government projects in Shelby County, and it spears to be the position of the Chapter that non-licensed contractors should not be permitted to bid on Government work in Tennessee.

GAO found that they are of the opinion that the obtaining of a general contractor’s licenses for performing Government work in Tennessee is a matter which must be settled between the local authorities and the contractor’s either by agreement or judicial determination.

Mar 20, 2018

Mar 19, 2018

  • Ampcus, Inc.
    We deny the protest.
  • AMAR Health IT, LLC
    We dismiss the protest because our Office does not have jurisdiction to entertain protests of task orders issued under civilian agency multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts that are valued at less than $10 million.
  • Centurum, Inc.--Costs
    We grant the request.

Mar 15, 2018

  • ORBIS Sibro, Inc.
    We sustain the protest in part and deny it in part.

Mar 14, 2018

Mar 13, 2018

  • Interoperability Clearinghouse
    We dismiss the protest because the protester, a not-for-profit entity, is not an interested party to challenge this sole-source award to an Alaska Native Corporation under the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) program.
  • Yang Enterprises, Inc.
    We dismiss the protest.

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