Bradley attorney Aron Beezley was quoted in Bloomberg Government on the battle for access to billions of dollars in federal contracts business with the Department of Veteran Affairs. Specifically, a small veteran-owned business will ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to decide that it and those similarly situated should always receive preferential treatment under a 2006 veterans benefits law when the VA considers contracting options, even if that hurts its opponents -- nonprofit agencies that employ blind and disabled workers. A Rule of Two analysis is required because veteran preference is the VA’s first priority under a June 2016 Supreme Court ruling, Kingdomware Techs. Inc. v. United States, explained Judge Nancy B. Firestone.
This statute standoff presents an issue of first impression for the Federal Circuit, and Firestone’s decision to stay action on the contracts pending this appeal suggests the case is “somewhat of a close call,” said Beezley.
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