[Protest of DEA Contract Award for Translation and Transcription Services]

B-259489,B-259489.3: Feb 14, 1995

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A firm protested a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) contract award for translation and transcription services, contending that: (1) DEA should have determined that the awardee was not responsible, since its integrity and business ethics were questionable; (2) the awardee was not a small business; and (3) DEA acted in bad faith when it did not refer the matter of the awardee's responsibility to the Small Business Administration (SBA). GAO held that: (1) DEA was not required to find the awardee nonresponsible or refer the matter to SBA even though a civil lawsuit was filed against the awardee; (2) there was no evidence that DEA acted in bad faith; and (3) it would not review the awardee's size status, since SBA had sole jurisdiction for determining the awardee's status for the procurement. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.

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