[Protest of Proposed Army Contract Award Alleging Low Bidders Not Responsible]

B-214500: May 23, 1984

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A firm protested a proposed Army contract award under a solicitation which was a partial small business set-aside. The protester alleged that neither the proposed awardee nor the second low bidder met the solicitation's definitive responsibility criteria. The question of the proposed awardee's responsibility was referred to the Small Business Administration (SBA) which issued a Certificate of Competency. However, the the Army appealed the SBA determination on the same basis alleged by the protester. GAO does not question SBA determinations unless fraud or bad faith on the part of Government officials is shown or unless information pertaining to definitive responsibility criteria has not been considered. In this case, no fraud or bad faith was shown, and the Army's appeal has notified SBA concerning the solicitation's definitive responsibility criteria. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.

Mar 22, 2018

Mar 20, 2018

Mar 19, 2018

  • Ampcus, Inc.
    We deny the protest.
  • AMAR Health IT, LLC
    We dismiss the protest because our Office does not have jurisdiction to entertain protests of task orders issued under civilian agency multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts that are valued at less than $10 million.
  • Centurum, Inc.--Costs
    We grant the request.

Mar 15, 2018

  • ORBIS Sibro, Inc.
    We sustain the protest in part and deny it in part.

Mar 14, 2018

Mar 13, 2018

  • Interoperability Clearinghouse
    We dismiss the protest because the protester, a not-for-profit entity, is not an interested party to challenge this sole-source award to an Alaska Native Corporation under the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) program.

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