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Contractor Can Show How Spying Marred Army Bid

WASHINGTON (CN) - A steel bridging company can bolster its claims against the government over a lucrative Army contract with allegations that the other bidder spied on it to get the upper hand, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled.

Acrow Corporation of America argued that the Army awarded the $104 million bridge-building contract to Mabey Bridge & Shore (MBSI) without considering the bidder's espionage activities or the corruption offenses committed by one of its subsidiaries.

Acrow, which submitted a $134 million bid on the contract, claimed MBSI sent covert employees to Acrow's warehouse and chartered a plane to fly over Acrow's field test facilities.

The Army's contracting officer failed to look into these incidents before declaring MBSI a responsible bidder, Acrow argued.

Miller agreed and granted Ascrow's motion to supplement the administrative record with additional letters and exhibits that show MBSI's corrupt practices.

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