Colonial Press International, Inc.
B-408031,B-408055: May 6, 2013
Colonial Press International, Inc., of Miami, Florida, a small business, protests the award of two contracts by the Government Printing Office (GPO). The first contract was awarded to Fry Communications, Inc., of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, under invitation for bids (IFB) No. 199-S for printing of a Medicare handbook for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The second contract was awarded to Monarch Litho, Inc., of Montebello, California, under IFB No. 379-975 for printing of a healthy eating booklet for the Food and Nutrition Service. Colonial Press argues that in both cases it submitted the lowest bid, but the GPO rejected both bids after unreasonably determining that Colonial Press was not a responsible contractor.
We deny the protests.