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Termination For Convenienience: Not As Convenent As One Might Think



In 2010, the U.S. Central Command's Task Force for Business and Stability Operations, had a requirement for security services to facilitate investment and commerce in Iraq. This blog entry deals with the 2 competitive solicitations and contracts that led to a case before the Court of Federal Claims (COFC).

Unfortunately for Tigerswan, the awardee of the 2 contracts under the solicitations, the contracts weren't rewarding--at least for the contracted items. (TigerSwan did claim damages of $56,246.24 on the first contract which DoD paid.)

The first contract was terminated for convenience in a litle over a month. The second contract received a stop work order within days due to a bid protest. It too received a termination for convenience a little more than 3 months after contract award. Meanwhile, the incumbent contractor received sole-source work at the same time. What to do?

Tigerswan filed a breach of contract claim to the COFC "arising from the termination for convenience of the last contract [solicitation W91GDW-10-C-6005] awarded to TigerSwan. For its breach of contract claim, [it] seeks $238,352.72 for lost anticipatory profits and $35,539.06 for line of credit interest."

So what did the COFC say? Here is a short excerpt: "TigerSwan has alleged sufficient facts to demonstrate a potential breach of contract for improper termination for convenience based on the government's alleged 'abuse of discretion' and failure to honor its contract with TigerSwan."

There is more to it than that. If you are interested in the whole case, you can read it at TigerSwan, Inc. v. U. S., No. 12-62C, April 2, 2013.


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