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Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States

Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States, 579 U.S. ___ (2016), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court held that the Department of Veterans Affairs must apply the "Rule of Two" when considering and awarding contracts under the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006.

Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States
Seal of the United States Supreme Court
Argued February 22, 2016
Decided June 16, 2016
Full case nameKingdomware Technologies, Inc., Petitioner v. United States
Docket no.14–916
Citations579 U.S. ___ (more)
136 S. Ct. 1969; 195 L. Ed. 2d 334
Opinion announcementOpinion announcement
Case history
Prior754 F.3d 923 (Fed. Cir. 2014)
Holding
The Department of Veterans Affairs must apply the "Rule of Two" when considering and awarding contracts under the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006. The rule is mandatory, not discretionary, regardless of whether the rule is being used to meet annual minimum contracting goals.
Court membership
Chief Justice
John Roberts
Associate Justices
Anthony Kennedy · Clarence Thomas
Ruth Bader Ginsburg · Stephen Breyer
Samuel Alito · Sonia Sotomayor
Elena Kagan
Case opinion
MajorityThomas, joined by unanimous
Laws applied
Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006

By containing the word "shall" the rule becomes mandatory, not discretionary, regardless of whether the rule is being used to meet annual minimum contracting goals.[1][2]

Opinion of the CourtEdit

Associate Justice Clarence Thomas authored a unanimous opinion.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ SCOTUSblog coverage
  2. ^ a b Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States, No. 14–916, 579 U.S. ____ (2016).

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