B-165685/1), JUL. 24, 1969

B-165685/1): Jul 24, 1969

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YOU WILL NOTE THAT IN OUR LETTER TO THE ATTORNEYS FOR THE PROTESTANT AND IN THE LETTER TO THE DIRECTOR. IT TOOK OUR OFFICE OVER FIVE MONTHS TO DEVELOP THE NECESSARY FACTS RELEVANT TO THE PROTEST WHICH WERE NECESSARY FOR OUR DECISION IN THIS MATTER. ADDITIONAL DELAYS APPEAR TO HAVE RESULTED FROM THE CORRELATION OF EFFORTS BETWEEN NATICK AND AMMRC. SINCE PROMPT DISPOSITIONS OF BID PROTESTS BY THIS OFFICE ARE NECESSARY IF THIS OFFICE IS TO CARRY OUT ITS RESPONSIBILITIES IN THIS AREA. WE RECOMMEND THAT APPROPRIATE STEPS BE TAKEN TO INSURE THAT ARMY ENGINEERING SUPPORT ACTIVITIES FURNISH PROMPT AND COMPLETE RESPONSES TO ALL DSA REQUESTS FOR TECHNICAL INFORMATION AND ADVICE IN FUTURE BID PROTEST CASES IN WHICH DSA IS THE CONTRACTING AGENCY.

B-165685/1), JUL. 24, 1969

BID PROTEST - IMPROPRIETIES IN TESTING PROCEDURE - DELAY LETTERS TO SECRETARY OF THE ARMY AND DIRECTOR, DEFENSE SUPPLY AGENCY CALLING ATTENTION TO IMPROPRIETIES IN TESTING PROCEDURES AND DELAY IN TRANSMITTING COMPLETE ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS SO THAT GAO COULD TAKE REMEDIAL ACTION.

TO MR. SECRETARY:

WE REFER TO A PROTEST FILED BY COUNSEL FOR THE NORTON COMPANY AGAINST AN AWARD TO THE CARBORUNDUM COMPANY UNDER REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS NO. DSA-100- 69-R-0150, ISSUED JULY 26, 1968, BY THE DEFENSE PERSONNEL SUPPORT CENTER (DPSC), PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, TO PROCURE 46,000 ARMOR VESTS.

YOU WILL NOTE THAT IN OUR LETTER TO THE ATTORNEYS FOR THE PROTESTANT AND IN THE LETTER TO THE DIRECTOR, DEFENSE SUPPLY AGENCY (DSA), COPIES ENCLOSED, WE MAKE CERTAIN CRITICISMS OF DSA'S HANDLING OF THIS PROCUREMENT AND THE PROTEST WHICH FOLLOWED. IN ADDITION, WE BELIEVE THAT THE ARMY ACTIVITIES CONCERNED, I.E., U.S. ARMY NATICK LABORATORIES (NATICK) AND ARMY MATERIALS AND MECHANICS RESEARCH CENTER (AMMRC), DID NOT PROVIDE ADEQUATE TECHNICAL AND ENGINEERING SUPPORT TO DSA TO PERMIT HANDLING OF THIS MATTER BY DSA IN A THOROUGH AND EXPEDITIOUS MANNER.

AS CAN BE SEEN FROM THE ENCLOSURES, IT TOOK OUR OFFICE OVER FIVE MONTHS TO DEVELOP THE NECESSARY FACTS RELEVANT TO THE PROTEST WHICH WERE NECESSARY FOR OUR DECISION IN THIS MATTER.

OTHER THAN THE DELAY RESULTING FROM THE SUBMISSION OF INCOMPLETE AND INACCURATE INFORMATION TO DSA, ADDITIONAL DELAYS APPEAR TO HAVE RESULTED FROM THE CORRELATION OF EFFORTS BETWEEN NATICK AND AMMRC. SINCE PROMPT DISPOSITIONS OF BID PROTESTS BY THIS OFFICE ARE NECESSARY IF THIS OFFICE IS TO CARRY OUT ITS RESPONSIBILITIES IN THIS AREA, AND TO MAINTENANCE OF BIDDER'S CONFIDENCE IN OUR COMPETITIVE BIDDING SYSTEM, WE RECOMMEND THAT APPROPRIATE STEPS BE TAKEN TO INSURE THAT ARMY ENGINEERING SUPPORT ACTIVITIES FURNISH PROMPT AND COMPLETE RESPONSES TO ALL DSA REQUESTS FOR TECHNICAL INFORMATION AND ADVICE IN FUTURE BID PROTEST CASES IN WHICH DSA IS THE CONTRACTING AGENCY.

A COPY OF THIS LETTER HAS BEEN FORWARDED TO THE DIRECTOR, DEFENSE SUPPLY AGENCY.