[Protest of GSA Contract Modifications for Armed and Unarmed Security Guard Services]

B-274990,B-274990.2: Jan 14, 1997

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A firm protested several General Services Administration (GSA) contract modifications for armed and unarmed security guard services, contending that GSA improperly: (1) increased the number of required guard service hours and contract sites beyond the original requirement; and (2) used small purchase procedures to acquire a different type of guard services at an additional site outside the contract's geographic scope. GAO held that: (1) GSA clearly placed bidders on notice that it was soliciting for all required armed and unarmed guard services within the specified geographic area; (2) other contract clauses set forth in the solicitation and a solicitation amendment also advised bidders of the potential for increases in the number of hours and sites; (3) the contract's reserve force provision did not constitute a service hour cap; (4) GSA properly increased the number of hours and sites, since the contract did not contain any maximum quantity ceilings and there were no changes or modifications in the type of service to be performed, in the performance period, or in contract prices; (5) GSA properly modified the incumbent's contract to include five remote sites, since it held a competition for those services under small purchase procedures and determined that the present contractor was the low bidder; and (6) GSA properly used short-term buys to provide critical services at another site while it completed a competitive procurement for those services. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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