[Protest of HUD Solicitation for Equity Monitoring Services]
B-275693: Mar 17, 1997
- Full Report:
A firm protested a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) solicitation for equity monitoring services, contending that: (1) HUD's need to limit the competition was due to its lack of advance planning; (2) HUD improperly failed to solicit the protester's services, since HUD knew of the protester's capability to provide these services; and (3) HUD failed to solicit the firm in retaliation for its efforts to uncover alleged procurement irregularities at HUD. GAO held that: (1) HUD's decision to limit the competition to certain recommended firms was not due to a lack of advance planning; (2) after recognizing its need for equity monitoring services, HUD took reasonable steps to identify its specific needs and determine the functions and responsibilities of an equity monitor, since it had no prior experience procuring these services; (3) the 3-month delay in awarding the contract did not demonstrate that HUD's need for the services was not urgent; (4) HUD had no reason to know that the protester might be qualified for or interested in performing the services, since the protester's prior HUD contracts were for essentially different services; and (5) GAO would not consider the protester's allegation of bias, since the record supported HUD's decision not to solicit the protester for the procurement. Accordingly, the protest was denied.