[Protest of Air Force Cancellation of Solicitation for Personal Financial Management Program Manager]

B-225667: Apr 14, 1987

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A firm protested the Air Force's cancellation of a solicitation for a financial management program manager, contending that the Air Force: (1) could more cost-effectively award it the contract than perform the function; (2) failed to advise the Small Business Administration (SBA) that it was withdrawing a small business set-aside; and (3) failed to use advance procurement planning in order to obtain full and open competition. The protester also claimed reimbursement for its bid preparation costs. GAO held that: (1) performance of work in-house rather than by contract was a matter of executive branch policy; (2) there was no requirement that the Air Force notify SBA prior to cancellation of a set-aside solicitation; (3) the requirement to use advance planning to obtain full competition did not preclude cancellation of a solicitation after bid opening where the award would not meet the agency's needs; and (4) since the protest was without merit, the protester was not entitled to reimbursement for its bid preparation costs. Accordingly, the protest and claim were denied.

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