Developers who tried to entice the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to move its offices in Rockville to Prince George’s County are once again alleging that the process used to give the nearly $450 million lease to a Montgomery County bidder was unfair.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office is reviewing the award of the 15-year lease by the General Services Administration to Fishers Lane/JBG Cos. The GAO heard testimony from federal officials Tuesday and Wednesday during two private hearings in Rockville.
Three developers in Prince George’s County who did not win the lease agreement filed a protest in September and asked GAO to conduct the hearings.
Ralph O. White, GAO’s managing associate general counsel, said the independent federal agency received about 2,300 protests last year. GAO held hearings on about 60 of those cases.
“When you have a complex record, you can’t do it on the paper in front of you,” White said. “This is a close fight, and it’s a lot of money.”