Government Rejects Contractor’s Bills for Flowers, Hunting Club, Jazz

Roses are red, violets are blue–and a government contractor can’t bill Uncle Sam for either one, according to a recent decision of the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.

In Thomas Associates, Inc., ASBCA No. 57795 (2012), the ASBCA rejected a contractor’s claim that it was entitled to stick the government with a variety of costs I will charitably describe as “questionable,” including a hunting club membership, jazz ensemble, a lavish Christmas party, and yes, flowers given to employees, ostensibly to boost morale.

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