B-168043, DEC. 11, 1969

B-168043: Dec 11, 1969

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INC.: FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 1. WHICH WERE SUBMITTED TO USAMERDC FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONDUCTING A PRODUCT IMPROVEMENT STUDY FOR TRUCK-MOUNTED MINE DETECTOR COMPONENTS. THERE WAS ALSO STATED THE BASIS FOR THE CONCLUSION THAT THE PROPOSAL OF CONTROL SCIENCE CORPORATION (CSC) ON WHICH A CONTRACT WAS AWARDED OFFERED THE BEST TECHNICAL AND COMPREHENSIVE PROPOSAL FOR SOLUTION OF THE PROBLEM. THAT YOUR PROPOSAL WAS NOT ACCEPTABLE. WHICH DOES NOT REVEAL THAT ANY PROPRIETARY RIGHTS OF GEO SPACE HAVE BEEN VIOLATED. WE CONCLUDE THAT THERE IS NO LEGAL BASIS FOR OBJECTION BY OUR OFFICE TO THE CONTRACT AWARD. YOUR PROTEST IS THEREFORE DENIED.

B-168043, DEC. 11, 1969

TO GEO SPACE SYSTEMS, INC.:

FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 1, 1969, PROTESTING AWARD OF A CONTRACT TO ANOTHER FIRM BY U.S. ARMY MOBILITY EQUIPMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER (USAMERDC), FORT BELVOIR, VIRGINIA, AND REQUESTING OUR OFFICE TO DETERMINE WHETHER ANY IMPROPRIETIES HAD OCCURRED IN THIS MATTER.

ON OCTOBER 31, 1969, WE FORWARDED TO YOUR OFFICE COPIES OF THE PERTINENT PORTION OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT FURNISHED OUR OFFICE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY RELATIVE TO YOUR PROTEST. THE REPORT INCLUDED AN EXPLANATION OF THE ORIGIN OF, AND THE DIFFERENCES IN SCOPE AND APPROACH BETWEEN THE THREE UNSOLICITED PROPOSALS, INCLUDING THE ONE FROM YOUR COMPANY, WHICH WERE SUBMITTED TO USAMERDC FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONDUCTING A PRODUCT IMPROVEMENT STUDY FOR TRUCK-MOUNTED MINE DETECTOR COMPONENTS. THERE WAS ALSO STATED THE BASIS FOR THE CONCLUSION THAT THE PROPOSAL OF CONTROL SCIENCE CORPORATION (CSC) ON WHICH A CONTRACT WAS AWARDED OFFERED THE BEST TECHNICAL AND COMPREHENSIVE PROPOSAL FOR SOLUTION OF THE PROBLEM, AND THAT YOUR PROPOSAL WAS NOT ACCEPTABLE.

IN THE LIGHT OF THE REPORTED FACTS, AND YOUR STATEMENT IN A LETTER OF NOVEMBER 20, 1969, THAT YOU DO NOT "INTEND TO OFFER ANY FURTHER COMMENTS OR ARGUMENTS ON THIS MATTER AT THIS TIME," AND IN CONSIDERATION OF THE INVESTIGATION BY OUR DEFENSE DIVISION, AS A RESULT OF YOUR LETTER OF JULY 29, 1969, WHICH DOES NOT REVEAL THAT ANY PROPRIETARY RIGHTS OF GEO SPACE HAVE BEEN VIOLATED, WE CONCLUDE THAT THERE IS NO LEGAL BASIS FOR OBJECTION BY OUR OFFICE TO THE CONTRACT AWARD, AND YOUR PROTEST IS THEREFORE DENIED.