Protest of Army Actions Under Two Solicitations

B-204575,B-204912: Mar 3, 1982

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A college and a firm both protested the actions of the Army under two solicitations to procure educational instruction for Army personnel. Both solicitations contained mandatory accreditation requirements. While the accreditation provisions differed in each solicitation with respect to whether national or regional accreditation was required, it was clear that in both solicitations the requirements constituted definitive responsibility criteria. After the protests were filed with GAO, the Army determined that the firm was nonresponsible under both solicitations for failure to satisfy the accreditation requirements. The Army referred these determinations to the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Certificate of Competency (COC) procedures because the firm was a small business. Since GAO agreed with the Army that the nonresponsibility determinations were for consideration by SBA under its COC procedures, the protests were dismissed.

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