Caddell Construction Company, Inc.
B-298949: Jan 10, 2007
Caddell Construction Company, Inc. protests the award of a contract to American International Contractors (Special Projects), Inc. (AICI-SP) under request for proposals No. SALMEC-06-R-0009, issued by the Department of State (DOS), Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), to design and construct a new embassy compound in Djibouti, in eastern Africa. The solicitation was subject to the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1986, as amended, (Security Act), 22 U.S.C. 4852 (2000), which provides that only "United States persons" and "qualified United States joint venture persons" are eligible to compete for certain diplomatic construction projects.1 Caddell contends that the agency unreasonably determined that AICI-SP was a "United States person" or "qualified United States joint venture person" within the meaning of the Security Act and, accordingly, that it was improper to award the contract to AICI-SP.
We sustain the protest.