[Protest of NARA Solicitation for Operations and Maintenance]

B-253350.3,B-253350.4,B-253350.5: Apr 4, 1994

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Two firms protested a National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) solicitation for operations and maintenance services, contending that NARA: (1) improperly terminated their contracts; and (2) should not be allowed to resolicit the contract, since it would result in an improper auction. The first protester requested that GAO modify its recommendation to reevaluate the bids and award it the contract, since it was the low bidder. GAO held that: (1) NARA reasonably determined that the original solicitation did not reflect its minimum needs; (2) it would not modify its original recommendation to reevaluate the bids, since NARA needs were not met by the original solicitation; and (3) NARA properly reopened the competition to provide bidders an opportunity to respond to its actual requirements. Accordingly, the protest and request for modification were denied.