Cahaba Safeguard Administrators, LLC
B-401842.2: Jan 25, 2010
- Full Report:
Cahaba Safeguard Administrators, LLC, of Birmingham, Alabama, protests the award of a contract to AdvanceMed Corp., of Rockville, Maryland, under request for proposals (RFP) No. RFP-CMS-2008-0014, issued by Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for contracts in support of CMS's audit, oversight, and anti-fraud, waste and abuse efforts in two geographic zones (Zone 1 and Zone 2). Cahaba argues that CMS unreasonably concluded that AdvanceMed proposed an adequate strategy to mitigate its "impaired objectivity" organizational conflicts of interest (OCI) and that the agency held unequal discussions with offerors.
We sustain the protest on the basis that the agency failed to reasonably consider the awardees' proposed strategy to mitigate its conflicts.