[Protest of Air Force Responsibility Determination]

B-260298: Feb 24, 1995

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A firm protested an Air Force responsibility determination, contending that: (1) the Air Force improperly referred questions of its responsibility to the Small Business Administration (SBA); and (2) SBA abused its discretion in determining that it was not competent to perform the contract. GAO held that the: (1) Air Force properly referred the matter to SBA, since it had questions concerning the protester's ability to perform the contract; (2) actions taken by the Air Force and SBA were consistent with applicable regulations; and (3) it would not review the allegation regarding the abuse of discretion, since there was no evidence of bad faith in connection with the SBA decision. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.