[Protest of Any DOE Contract Award for Television Closed Captioning]

B-220659: Feb 19, 1986

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A firm protested any Department of Education contract award for closed captioning of television programs for the hearing impaired, contending that the solicitation: (1) restricted competition because there was one award for closed captioning of five different program types; and (2) benefited the one firm with the capability to produce that level of captioning without expanding its staff and facilities. GAO found that the agency determination to use total package procurement was reasonable because: (1) a single contract could result in economies of scale and cost savings; (2) it would enhance the flexibility needed to accommodate probable television network programming and schedule changes; and (3) it was not legally required to award multiple contracts because Congress had appropriated a lump-sum amount without restricting the use of the funds. GAO also found that the protest alleging solicitation improprieties was untimely because it was not filed prior to the closing date for receipt of proposals. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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