B-172568, JUN 14, 1971

B-172568: Jun 14, 1971

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TO STANDARD ELECTRIC TIME CORP.: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF MAY 18. THE IFB WAS FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF SECURITY ALARM AND PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SCHOOLS. PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS WERE DESCRIBED IN THE IFB AS INCLUDING INTERCOMMUNICATING TELEPHONE SYSTEMS. THE PROTEST IS DENIED.

B-172568, JUN 14, 1971

BID PROTEST - CANCELLATION OF IFB DECISION DENYING PROTEST AGAINST THE REJECTION OF ALL BIDS AND CANCELLATION OF AN IFB ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA GOVERNMENT FOR MAINTENANCE OF SECURITY ALARM AND PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS. IN VIEW OF THE ELIMINATION OF THE INTERCOMMUNICATION TELEPHONE SYSTEMS DESCRIBED IN THE ORIGINAL IFB THE COMP. GEN. FINDS NO LEGAL BASIS TO OBJECT TO THE CANCELLATION OF THE INVITATION AND READVERTISEMENT OF THE PROCUREMENT.

TO STANDARD ELECTRIC TIME CORP.:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF MAY 18, 1971, AND PRIOR CORRESPONDENCE, PROTESTING THE REJECTION OF ALL BIDS UNDER INVITATION FOR BIDS (IFB) NO. C-7169-B ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

THE IFB WAS FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF SECURITY ALARM AND PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SCHOOLS. PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS WERE DESCRIBED IN THE IFB AS INCLUDING INTERCOMMUNICATING TELEPHONE SYSTEMS. HOWEVER, OUR OFFICE HAS ASCERTAINED THAT THE CONTRACTING AGENCY HAS DECIDED TO ELIMINATE THE INTERCOMMUNICATING TELEPHONE SYSTEMS FROM THE CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS.

IN VIEW OF THE CHANGED REQUIREMENTS, OUR OFFICE FINDS NO LEGAL BASIS TO OBJECT TO THE CANCELLATION OF THE IFB AND THE READVERTISEMENT OF THE PROCUREMENT. B-153229, FEBRUARY 5, 1964; B-157951, FEBRUARY 1, 1966.

ACCORDINGLY, THE PROTEST IS DENIED.