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The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied protests from KPMG, Deloitte, and PricewaterhouseCoopers after the Department of Defense awarded a $100M consulting contract with the Pentagon, Law360 reported 13 June.

BCG went a different way in its bid. The three firms alleged that Boston Consulting Group included labor categories that are beyond its business schedule contract with the General Services Administration. The GSA is the framework under which firms bid for government contracts.

The three firms also argued that BCG was only supposed to offer services at a fixed price, not separate labor designations at an hourly rate, which the DOD requires.

“The [request for quotations] did not preclude vendors from providing a team-based approach to fulfilling the agency’s requirements,” the GAO said in its decision.

“While the protesters objected to BCG’s pricing and team approach, we are unable to conclude that BCG’s decision to provide Team B was inconsistent with the terms of the solicitation or the vendor’s GSA schedule,” the ruling said.

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