PilieroMazza successfully defended our client’s small business size status in a bid protest before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC).  The U.S. Navy awarded our client a contract requiring the prime contractor to coordinate and manage the lodging and transportation of numerous Civil Service Mariner trainees in New Jersey.  A competitor protested our client’s size, claiming that our client was unduly reliant upon its hotel subcontractor.  We successfully defended our client’s small business status before the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), leading the competitor to appeal to the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA).  After PilieroMazza successfully defended SBA’s decision before OHA, the protestor then appealed OHA’s decision to the COFC.  Based on the deferential standard of review and the record before it, the COFC found no basis to question OHA’s decision.  Therefore, the COFC affirmed OHA’s ruling that our client is not affiliated with its subcontractor under the ostensible subcontractor rule and is eligible for the contract award.

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