32.8 Stay of an award during protest
An award need not be delayed for the period allowed a supplier to protest, but in the event of a timely protest or the filing of a timely legal action, no further action to award that contract will be taken unless there is a written determination that proceeding without delay is necessary to protect the public interest or unless that bid/proposal would expire. Refer to § 2.2-4362 of the Code of Virginia. When such a written determination is made, copies shall be sent to all parties to a protest or appeal. The written determination shall be maintained in the purchasing agency’s procurement file.