B-218637, JUL 2, 1985, 85-2 CPD 16

B-218637: Jul 2, 1985

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CONTRACTS - TRANSPORTATION SERVICES - PROCUREMENT PROCEDURES DIGEST: PROTEST AGAINST AN AGENCY'S COMPETITIVE SELECTION OF A CONTRACTOR TO MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IS DISMISSED SINCE THE CONTRACTUAL ARRANGEMENT IS EXEMPT FROM THE PROCUREMENT STATUTES AND THE CONTRACT IS ONLY A MANAGEMENT VEHICLE TO OBTAIN TRAVEL SERVICES WHICH THEMSELVES ARE EXEMPT FROM PROCUREMENT PROCEDURES. CLAWSON TRAVEL ALLEGES THAT THE AWARD WAS MADE TO MORRIS IN VIOLATION OF THE FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION AND IN VIOLATION OF THE SOLICITATION'S REQUIREMENTS THAT THE AWARDEE BE A SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN. THE PROTEST IS DISMISSED. WE HAVE RECENTLY HELD THAT AN AGENCY'S COMPETITIVE SELECTION OF A CONTRACTOR TO MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IS EXEMPT FROM THE PROCUREMENT STATUTES SINCE THE CONTRACTUAL ARRANGEMENT IS ONLY A MANAGEMENT VEHICLE TO OBTAIN TRAVEL SERVICES WHICH THEMSELVES ARE EXEMPT FROM PROCUREMENT PROCEDURES.

B-218637, JUL 2, 1985, 85-2 CPD 16

CONTRACTS - TRANSPORTATION SERVICES - PROCUREMENT PROCEDURES DIGEST: PROTEST AGAINST AN AGENCY'S COMPETITIVE SELECTION OF A CONTRACTOR TO MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IS DISMISSED SINCE THE CONTRACTUAL ARRANGEMENT IS EXEMPT FROM THE PROCUREMENT STATUTES AND THE CONTRACT IS ONLY A MANAGEMENT VEHICLE TO OBTAIN TRAVEL SERVICES WHICH THEMSELVES ARE EXEMPT FROM PROCUREMENT PROCEDURES.

VIDA FOX CLAWSON TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.:

VIDA FOX CLAWSON TRAVEL SERVICE, INC. (CLAWSON TRAVEL), PROTESTS THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION'S AWARD OF CONTRACT NO. GS-08F FOR THE ARRANGEMENT OF TRAVEL SERVICES FOR OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT TRAVEL IN A SERVICE AREA ENCOMPASSING DENVER, COLORADO, AND SALT LAKE CITY AND OGDEN, UTAH, TO MORRIS TRAVEL CORPORATION (MORRIS). CLAWSON TRAVEL ALLEGES THAT THE AWARD WAS MADE TO MORRIS IN VIOLATION OF THE FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION AND IN VIOLATION OF THE SOLICITATION'S REQUIREMENTS THAT THE AWARDEE BE A SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN.

THE PROTEST IS DISMISSED.

WE HAVE RECENTLY HELD THAT AN AGENCY'S COMPETITIVE SELECTION OF A CONTRACTOR TO MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IS EXEMPT FROM THE PROCUREMENT STATUTES SINCE THE CONTRACTUAL ARRANGEMENT IS ONLY A MANAGEMENT VEHICLE TO OBTAIN TRAVEL SERVICES WHICH THEMSELVES ARE EXEMPT FROM PROCUREMENT PROCEDURES. T.V. TRAVEL, INC.; WORLD TRAVEL ADVISORS, INC., DISCOVERY TOUR WHOLESALERS, INC., B-218198; B-218198.2; B-218198.4; B-218198.5, JUNE 5, 1985, 85-1 CPD PARA. ---. ACCORDINGLY, THERE IS NO BASIS FOR CONSIDERATION OF THIS PROTEST UNDER OUR BID PROTEST REGULATIONS, 4 C.F.R. PART 21 (1985), WHICH DEAL WITH THE FILING OF PROTESTS OF AWARDS SUBJECT TO THE PROCUREMENT STATUTES AND REGULATIONS.

THE PROTEST IS DISMISSED.