B-172090, APR 2, 1971

B-172090: Apr 2, 1971

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BECAUSE THE ACTION OF THE PRESIDENT IN SUSPENDING THE DAVIS-BACON ACT WAS AUTHORIZED BY STATUTE. THE ORDER OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE SUSPENDING THE PROVISION OF SUCH ACT WITH RESPECT TO ALL CONTRACTS ENTERED INTO SUBSEQUENT TO THE PRESIDENT'S PROCLAMATION WAS A PROPER IMPLEMENTATION OF THAT PROCLAMATION. CONCLUDES THAT THE CANCELLATION OF THE INSTANT IFB WAS PROPER AND THE PROTEST IS DENIED. INC.: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF MARCH 3. THE IFB WAS CANCELLED ON FEBRUARY 26. WAS REISSUED ON MARCH 5. NOR IS IT DEEMED TO BE A COMPELLING REASON TO REJECT ALL BIDS AND READVERTISE. SECTION 6 OF WHICH PROVIDES: "IN THE EVENT OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY THE PRESIDENT IS AUTHORIZED TO SUSPEND THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT.".

B-172090, APR 2, 1971

BID PROTEST - CANCELLATION - DAVIS BACON ACT DECISION DENYING PROTEST BY LOW BIDDER AGAINST CANCELLATION OF IFB ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY, FORT HUACHUCA, ARIZONA, DUE TO THE SUSPENSION OF THE DAVIS-BACON ACT. BECAUSE THE ACTION OF THE PRESIDENT IN SUSPENDING THE DAVIS-BACON ACT WAS AUTHORIZED BY STATUTE, AND THE ORDER OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE SUSPENDING THE PROVISION OF SUCH ACT WITH RESPECT TO ALL CONTRACTS ENTERED INTO SUBSEQUENT TO THE PRESIDENT'S PROCLAMATION WAS A PROPER IMPLEMENTATION OF THAT PROCLAMATION, THE COMP. GEN. CONCLUDES THAT THE CANCELLATION OF THE INSTANT IFB WAS PROPER AND THE PROTEST IS DENIED.

TO VENTILATION CLEANING ENGINEERS, INC.:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF MARCH 3, 1971, PROTESTING THE CANCELLATION AND READVERTISING OF INVITATION FOR BIDS NO. DAEA18-71-B 0108, ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY, FORT HUACHUCA, ARIZONA.

YOUR COMPANY SUBMITTED THE LOWEST BID UNDER THE IFB. HOWEVER, THE IFB WAS CANCELLED ON FEBRUARY 26, 1971, AND WAS REISSUED ON MARCH 5, 1971, AS DAEA18-71-B-0156 WITHOUT THE PROVISIONS OF THE DAVIS-BACON ACT, 40 U.S.C. 276A. YOU PROTEST THE CANCELLATION AND REISSUANCE OF THE INVITATION ON THE BASIS THAT THIS ACTION DOES NOT PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF THE LOW BID, NOR IS IT DEEMED TO BE A COMPELLING REASON TO REJECT ALL BIDS AND READVERTISE.

AUTHORITY FOR THE PROCUREMENT AGENCY'S ACTION STEMS FROM THE DAVIS BACON ACT ITSELF, SECTION 6 OF WHICH PROVIDES:

"IN THE EVENT OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY THE PRESIDENT IS AUTHORIZED TO SUSPEND THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT."

SUSPENSION ACTION WAS TAKEN THEREUNDER BY PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION 4031, DATED FEBRUARY 23, 1971, COPY ENCLOSED.

ON FEBRUARY 24, 1971, THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, INSTALLATIONS AND LOGISTICS, ISSUED A MEMORANDUM IN IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROCLAMATION WHICH SUSPENDED THE DAVIS-BACON ACT REQUIREMENTS AS CONTAINED IN THE ARMED SERVICES PROCUREMENT REGULATION (ASPR), AND SET OUT PROCEDURES TO BE FOLLOWED WITH RESPECT TO INVITATIONS WHICH HAD SOLICITED BIDS BASED UPON COMPLIANCE WITH THE ACT. A COPY OF THE FEBRUARY 24 MEMORANDUM IS ALSO ENCLOSED.

SINCE THE ACTION OF THE PRESIDENT, AS SET OUT IN PROCLAMATION 4031, WAS AUTHORIZED BY STATUTE, AND THE MEMORANDUM OF FEBRUARY 24 APPEARS TO BE A PROPER IMPLEMENTATION OF THAT PORTION OF THE PROCLAMATION WHICH SUSPENDS THE PROVISIONS OF THE DAVIS-BACON ACT WITH RESPECT TO ALL CONTRACTS ENTERED INTO SUBSEQUENT TO THE DATE OF THE PROCLAMATION, WE ARE UNABLE TO CONCLUDE THAT CANCELLATION OF IFB-0107, OR THE REJECTION OF BIDS RECEIVED THEREUNDER, WAS IMPROPER. SEE THE PROVISIONS OF 10 U.S.C. 2305(C), ASPR 2 -404.1(B)(VIII), AND PARAGRAPH 10(B) OF THE INSTRUCTIONS TO BIDDERS IN IFB -0107, WHICH AUTHORIZE SUCH ACTION WHEN IT IS DETERMINED TO BE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.

ACCORDINGLY, YOUR PROTEST MUST BE DENIED.