[Protests of HHS Contract Award for Clearinghouse Services]

B-239833,B-239833.2,B-239833.3: Sep 28, 1990

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A firm protested a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contract award for clearinghouse services, contending that HHS: (1) failed to provide the protester with pre-award notice; (2) failed to properly investigate the awardee's small business size status; (3) failed to provide the protester with a fair opportunity to revise its best and final offer (BAFO); (4) evaluated bids with unspecified evaluation criteria; and (5) made an improper cost/technical tradeoff in selecting the awardee. GAO held that HHS: (1) reasonably determined that the awardee qualified as a small business; notwithstanding a later Small Business Administration ruling; (2) conducted adequate discussions with the protester; (3) made a reasonable cost/technical tradeoff; and (4) properly evaluated bids. Accordingly, the protests were denied.

Nov 22, 2017

Nov 21, 2017

  • A-P-T Research, Inc.
    We deny the protest in part and dismiss the protest in part.

Nov 20, 2017

Nov 16, 2017

  • HBI-GF, JV
    We deny the protest.
  • Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc.
    We dismiss the protest because it raises a matter of contract administration over which we do not exercise jurisdiction.

Nov 15, 2017

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