[Protests of Army Award for Base Operation Services]

B-238927.2,B-238927.3,B-238927.4: Oct 26, 1990

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Two firms protested an Army small business set-aside award for multifunctional base operation services. One protester contended that the Small Business Administration (SBA) determined that the awardee was not a small business. The second protester contended that its bid offered the best value and the Army evaluated the bids arbitrarily and unreasonably. GAO held that the: (1) Army failed to resolicit on an unrestricted basis after SBA determined that no small business offers were received under the set-aside; and (2) second protester was not sufficiently interested to protest the Army's bid evaluation, since it was a large business. Accordingly, the first protest was sustained and the second protest was dismissed. GAO recommended that the Army: (1) exercise none of the contract options; (2) issue a new solicitation as soon as possible; and (3) reimburse the first protester for its protest costs.

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