Shindong-A Express Tour Company, Ltd.--Costs
B-292459.3: Mar 25, 2004
Shindong-A Express Tour Company, Ltd. requests that we recommend that it be reimbursed the costs of filing and pursuing its protest challenging the Department of the Army's award of a contract to New Kyungdong Tour Co., Ltd. for fare-free mass transit and shuttle bus services at various military installations in the Republic of Korea. The contract was awarded pursuant to request for proposals (RFP) No. DABP01-03-R-0035; the protest was filed on June 19, 2003. On August 12, after receipt of the protester's comments on the agency report, and after receipt of additional questions for the record prepared by our Office, the Army took corrective action in response to the protest. Based upon the corrective action, we dismissed the protest as academic. Shingdong-A now seeks reimbursement of its protest costs on the grounds that the agency unduly delayed taking corrective action in the face of a clearly meritorious protest.
We grant the request, and recommend that Shindong-A be reimbursed the reasonable costs of filing and pursuing its protest, including those incurred in pursuing this request.