Objections Regarding Grant Award

B-205027: Nov 10, 1981

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A firm objected to the failure of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to award a grant to it under the Saltonstall-Kennedy Act. Under the Act, the Secretary of Commerce is authorized to make grants to assist persons in carrying out research and development projects addressed to any aspect of U.S. fisheries. The complainant maintained that NOAA failed to follow procedures for awarding grants that it published in the Federal Register. GAO will review complaints of prospective contractors concerning the propriety of contract awards made by recipients of Federal grant funds. In addition, GAO considers complaints of prospective contractors concerning awards of a contract made by the recipient of Federal assistance under a cooperative agreement. However, GAO generally does not consider complaints concerning the award of grants or other Federal assistance because it is not its intent to interfere with an agency's making of grants. Although the complainant urged GAO to consider its complaint because NOAA did not comply with prescribed Federal Register procedures, GAO saw no reason to depart from its longstanding policy. Accordingly, the complaint was dismissed.