[Protest of VA Contract Award for Non-Emergency Ambulance Services]

B-220857: Nov 1, 1985

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A firm protested a Veterans Administration contract award for ambulance services, contending that the award was improper because the awardee did not: (1) have enough equipment and personnel to perform the contract; (2) have the license required by the solicitation; and (3) pay its employees the minimum wage and benefits required by the Service Contract Act. GAO: (1) does not review protests alleging awardee nonresponsibility except in circumstances not present in this case; (2) found that the solicitation failed to impose a specific licensing requirement as a prerequisite to the award; (3) found nothing improper in the agency's action to permit the awardee to perform the contract pending a final decision on its license application; and (4) has held that a question of compliance with the minimum wage requirements of the Service Contract Act is a matter for Department of Labor determination. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.

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