Use of Conventional Negotiation Techniques to Procure Janitorial Services under Small Business Set-Aside Solicitations

B-187250,B-187254,B-187256,B-187257: Apr 25, 1977

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Protester objected to the decision of the General Services Administration to use conventional negotiation techniques to procure janitorial services under four separate small business set-aside solicitations. The use of negotiation procedures under the questioned procurements was lawful and not in violation of a prior GAO decision. The regulation requiring the use of formal advertising procedures under small business set-aside procurements was waived. The statute concerning the negotiating authority contains no indication of any limit on the negotiation procedures that can be used in such procurements.