[Comments on Potential Liability of Weather Observers Under Contract With National Weather Service]

B-227183: Aug 22, 1988

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In response to a congressional request, GAO examined ways to deal with the potential liability that providers of weather observations under contract with the National Weather Service (NWS) face arising from their employees' use of a two-way radio transmitter to advise pilots of local conditions. GAO found that: (1) NWS could use indemnity clauses in contracts if the clauses limited federal liability to its appropriations available at the time of the liability; and (2) the Product Liability Risk Retention Act enables certain businesses with common liability risks to form self-insurance pools which are subject to less regulation than conventional insurance companies.

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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