Depot withdraws protest – report

27 September 2007 — Delray Beach (FL): Office Depot has withdrawn its protest of federal blanket purchase agreements (BPAs), which award large OP contracts to small businesses.

Depot, which failed to secure a BPA last month, was protesting to the Government Accountability Office on the grounds it believed that seven of the 11 small businesses awarded the contracts did not qualify as small business because office products are not made by the so-called small firms.

 

However, it is now understood that Depot has withdrawn its protest, and the BPA programme, which had been put on hold because of the protest, has resumed as of today.

 

Depot has declined to comment at this time.

 

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