B-173911, NOV 22, 1971

B-173911: Nov 22, 1971

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ADVISING THAT SERVICES OF INDEPENDENT DESIGN AGENTS ARE RARELY NEEDED. SINCE MOST DESIGN WORK FOR NAVY SHIPS IS PERFORMED IN-HOUSE BY THE NAVY. INCORPORATED: FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 16. ARCHITECT-ENGINEERING FIRMS ARE SELECTED FOR CONTRACTS FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES ESSENTIALLY ON THE BASIS OF PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS NECESSARY FOR SATISFACTORY PERFORMANCE PURSUANT TO ASPR 18-402. YOU WERE PLACED ON A LIST OF PROSPECTIVE CONTRACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR SMALL BOAT DESIGN PROCUREMENTS. YOUR NAME WAS ADDED TO SIMILAR LISTS. IT IS FURTHER REPORTED THAT NAVY'S REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SERVICES OF INDEPENDENT DESIGN AGENTS ARE VERY LIMITED. SINCE MOST DESIGN WORK FOR NAVY SHIPS IS PERFORMED IN-HOUSE BY THE NAVY OR BY THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIR YARDS.

B-173911, NOV 22, 1971

CONTRACTS - NAVAL ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DECISION CONCERNING PROTEST OF PETER J. STATILE ASSOCIATES, INC. AGAINST ALLEGED FAILURE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY TO SOLICIT QUOTATIONS FROM SMALL ARCHITECTURAL FIRMS. ADVISING THAT SERVICES OF INDEPENDENT DESIGN AGENTS ARE RARELY NEEDED, SINCE MOST DESIGN WORK FOR NAVY SHIPS IS PERFORMED IN-HOUSE BY THE NAVY. THEREFORE, NO BASIS FOR ACTION BY THE COMP. GEN. EXISTS IN THIS MATTER.

TO PETER J. STATILE ASSOCIATES, INCORPORATED:

FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF AUGUST 16, 1971, PROTESTING THE FAILURE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY TO SOLICIT QUOTATIONS FOR NAVAL ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES FROM SMALL ARCHITECURAL FIRMS.

ARCHITECT-ENGINEERING FIRMS ARE SELECTED FOR CONTRACTS FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES ESSENTIALLY ON THE BASIS OF PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS NECESSARY FOR SATISFACTORY PERFORMANCE PURSUANT TO ASPR 18-402. THE NAVAL SHIP SYSTEMS COMMAND REPORTS THAT YOU REQUESTED CONSIDERATION FOR DESIGN CONTRACTS FROM THE SUPERVISOR OF SHIPBUILDING, THIRD NAVAL DISTRICT, IN LATE 1967, AND THAT AFTER AN EVALUATION OF YOUR CAPABILITIES, YOU WERE PLACED ON A LIST OF PROSPECTIVE CONTRACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR SMALL BOAT DESIGN PROCUREMENTS. SUBSEQUENTLY, YOU RECEIVED APPROVAL FROM, AND YOUR NAME WAS ADDED TO SIMILAR LISTS, AT SEVERAL OTHER NAVY FIELD ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING THE NAVAL SHIP ENGINEERING CENTER, HYATTSVILLE, MARYLAND.

IT IS FURTHER REPORTED THAT NAVY'S REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SERVICES OF INDEPENDENT DESIGN AGENTS ARE VERY LIMITED, SINCE MOST DESIGN WORK FOR NAVY SHIPS IS PERFORMED IN-HOUSE BY THE NAVY OR BY THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIR YARDS. IN FACT, WE ARE ADVISED THAT THERE HAS BEEN ONLY ONE NAVY PROCUREMENT FOR SMALL BOAT DESIGN SINCE YOU WERE PLACED ON THE LIST OF PROSPECTIVE CONTRACTORS.

IN VIEW OF THE FACTS REPORTED, WE FIND NO BASIS FOR TAKING ANY ACTION IN THE MATTER.