[Protest of NASA Task Assignment]

B-244339: Oct 10, 1991

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A firm protested a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) task assignment, contending that: (1) it was uniquely qualified to perform the work under the task assignment, which was different in kind and nature from the tasks the awardee had been performing under its contract; (2) the work under the task assignment was beyond the scope of the contract; and (3) only its employees had the necessary experience to provide the requested support services. GAO held that: (1) NASA was not obligated to seek further competition for the task assignment, since the task was part of the contractor's effort, for which the protester already competed; (2) it would not review the protester's assertion that only its employees had the expertise to perform the support services, since the purpose of the GAO bid protest function was to ensure full and open competition; and (3) there was no evidence that NASA, in issuing the task order, depended upon any improper representation or promise by the awardee to employ the protester's personnel. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.