A spokesperson for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) cited a congressional authority to counter comments made by a senior Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official that IRS had no choice but to award a no-bid contract to Equifax. The authority states that agencies may initiate performance if it is in the country’s best interest or if there are urgent and compelling circumstances. “Congress gave agencies, like IRS in this case, the tools to move forward under appropriate situations. They appear to be electing not to use it,” the spokesperson said.
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