Bosma Enterprises files lawsuit over VA contracting changes

May 25, 2017
The Indiana Lawyer

Indianapolis-based not-for-profit Bosma Enterprises and other advocacy groups for the blind on Wednesday sued the Department of Veterans Affairs in federal court, alleging the agency ignored a long-standing law when it changed contracting rules that have been used for decades to give jobs to the visually impaired.

In the lawsuit, Bosma said it would lose at least $36 million, or almost all, of its annual revenue because of the rule changes.

The VA's rule change came in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that found the agency was required to follow a 2006 law requiring that veteran-owned businesses be given priority. The new contracting rules also are consistent with President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to do more for veterans.

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