Information Ventures, Inc.--Costs
B-294580.2,B-294586.2,B-294617.2,B-294632.2,B-294706.2,B-294760., Dec 6, 2004
Information Ventures, Inc., requests that we recommend that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reimburse its costs associated with nine protests it recently filed. HHS canceled the challenged procurements soon after the protests were filed; consequently, the protests were dismissed as academic. Each protest primarily challenged the sufficiency of a published synopsis of a proposed sole-source contract award and a determination by HHS that only one supplier could meet its needs; Information Ventures also generally contended that the agency improperly limited competition and failed to assess whether the requirements should have been set aside for small business concerns. The protester now argues that in light of the agency's cancellation of these nine procurements, and several other proposed sole-source procurements also protested by the firm, our Office should recommend reimbursement of Information Ventures' costs related to its pursuit of these nine protests, because, according to Information Ventures, the post-protest cancellations demonstrate a pattern of improper procurement actions due to a lack of adequate agency-wide policies regarding sole-source streamlined acquisitions.
We deny the request for costs.