[Protest of INS Contract Award for Guard Services]

B-240495.2: Feb 28, 1991

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A firm protested an Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) contract award for guard services, contending that INS: (1) knew that the awardee was unable to obtain the required license; and (2) improperly determined that the awardee was responsible. GAO held that: (1) INS was not obligated to determine, prior to the award, the awardee's licensing status; and (2) the protester did not submit any convincing proof that INS made its affirmative determination of the awardee's responsibility in bad faith. Accordingly, the protest was denied.