[Protest of HUD Rejection of Bid for Security Guard Services]

B-253050: Aug 4, 1993

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A firm protested the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) rejection of its bid for security guard services, contending that HUD improperly rejected its bid, since it did not possess a valid state private detective agency license at the time of award. GAO held that HUD: (1) unreasonably determined that the protester was not a responsible bidder; and (2) should have requested a certificate of competency review from the Small Business Administration. Accordingly, the protest was sustained and GAO recommended that HUD reimburse the protester for its bid preparation and protest costs.

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