New Technology Management, Inc.

B-287714.2,B-287714.3,B-287714.4: Dec 4, 2001

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A firm protested a Department of Agriculture (USDA) contract award for information technology "help desk" support, contending that the sole-source award was improper. GAO found that: (1) USDA's decision that sole-source contract awarded under the Small Business Adminstration's section 8(a) program should include only one one-year option does not violate prohibition against dividing current requirements into separate procurements to avoid requirement for competition; and (2) USDA did timely implement the promised corrective action that prompted the dismissal of the protests. Accordingly, the protest was denied.