What are the ramifications of a sole source contract is awarded before the closing date of the solicitation?
The ramifications are significant if another vendor submits a timely proposal. If there is a GAO protest, you will lose since you've failed to follow your own procurement rules, the solicitation instructions, and you've engaged in disparate treatment of offerors. You may also be guilty of waste, fraud and abuse for violating the FAR deliberately and potentially waste if the other offer is better than the one you accepted and awarded as a contract. Please consult with your legal counsel on this matter.
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