B-297686, Mar 7, 2006
CRAssociates, Inc. (CRA) protests the rejection of its proposal as technically unacceptable, and the resultant elimination of its proposal from the competitive range, under Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) solicitation No. A76Study01(05)AM. The solicitation was issued on August 5, 2005 as part of a cost comparison study, conducted pursuant to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A76, as revised on May 29, 2003, to determine whether to contract out--rather than continue to have performed in-house by HHS's Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Division of Immigration Health Services (DIHS) employees--medical and support services for detainees in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). CRA primarily asserts that members of the agency's evaluation panel had impermissible conflicts of interest, and that HHS improperly failed to provide the firm an opportunity to remedy the evaluated deficiencies in its proposal.
We deny the protest.