B-176951(2), APR 4, 1973

B-176951(2): Apr 4, 1973

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ALTHOUGH THIS PROTEST WAS DENIED. GAO RECOMMENDS THAT THE CONTRACTING ACTIVITY CAREFULLY MONITOR PERFORMANCE OF THIS CONTRACT TO INSURE A PRODUCT FULLY COMPLYING WITH THE SPECIFICATIONS IS DELIVERED. A COPY OF OUR DECISION OF TODAY DENYING THE PROTEST IS ENCLOSED.

B-176951(2), APR 4, 1973

BID PROTEST - MONITORING OF CONTRACT PERFORMANCE CONCERNING THE PROTEST OF R. E. FLATOW & CO., INC., AGAINST REJECTION OF ITS BID AND AWARD TO THE AQUAFINE CORPORATION UNDER AN IFB ISSUED BY THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS, WALLA WALLA DISTRICT. ALTHOUGH THIS PROTEST WAS DENIED, GAO RECOMMENDS THAT THE CONTRACTING ACTIVITY CAREFULLY MONITOR PERFORMANCE OF THIS CONTRACT TO INSURE A PRODUCT FULLY COMPLYING WITH THE SPECIFICATIONS IS DELIVERED.

TO MR. SECRETARY:

WE REFER TO LETTERS DAEN-GCC OF NOVEMBER 2, 1972, AND JANUARY 3, 1973, FROM THE GENERAL COUNSEL, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS, FORWARDING THE INITIAL AND SUPPLEMENTAL REPORTS ON THE R. E. FLATOW & CO., INC., PROTEST AGAINST THE REJECTION OF ITS BID AND THE AWARD TO THE AQUAFINE CORPORATION BY THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS, WALLA WALLA DISTRICT, UNDER INVITATION FOR BIDS NO. DACW68-72-B-0099.

A COPY OF OUR DECISION OF TODAY DENYING THE PROTEST IS ENCLOSED. HOWEVER, WE DRAW ATTENTION TO OUR RECOMMENDATION IN THE NEXT TO THE LAST PARAGRAPH. WE WOULD APPRECIATE ADVICE AS TO THE ACTIONS TAKEN WITH RESPECT THERETO.