WASHINGTON: Despite a complaint filed against the review process, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said it will continue work on a $3.5 million digital television transition campaign due to the "urgent and compelling" nature of the effort.
Weber Merritt filed a complaint on May 8 accusing the FCC of improperly awarding the contract to Burson.
The FCC notified both agencies of its decision to continue the work on May 12.
A complaint can sometimes halt work on a contract until an investigation is completed. However, the FCC said in its letter to the agencies that, "The authorization for continued performance is based upon a written finding that urgent and compelling circumstances that significantly affect interests of the United States will not permit waiting for the decision of the GAO concerning the protest."
The GAO's Web site says the agency must act on the complaint by August 17. Rick Kaplan, deputy director of the DTV transition team at the FCC, confirmed the decision, but declined further comment.
“We're disappointed but understand that the work needs to be done,” said a Weber Merritt spokesperson.
Burson declined comment on the matter.