[Protest of FmHA Rejection of Bidder as Nonresponsible]

B-234245: May 18, 1989

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A firm protested the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) determination that it was nonresponsible under a solicitation for housing repairs, contending that FmHA failed to refer the matter to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for consideration under certificate of competency procedures. GAO held that FmHA failed to refer the matter to SBA for consideration as required. Accordingly, the protest was sustained, and GAO recommended that the protester was entitled to reimbursement for its bid and protest preparation costs.