GAO Rules That Kingdomware “Rule of Two” Does Not Govern Leasehold Acquisitions Conducted by GSA on Behalf of VA
Government Contracts Attorneys Gordon Griffin, Robert MacKichan and Amy Fuentes co-authored an article in Pratt's Government Contracting Law Report. In this article the authors discuss a ruling by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) that addresses whether the acquisition of a leasehold interest is an acquisition of goods or services. The GAO ruled that the "Rule of Two" of the of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act (VBA) does not require the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to set aside for veteran-owned small businesses any lease procurements conducted on behalf of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This ruling indicated that the acquisition of a leasehold interest is not an acquisition of goods or services.