[Protest of RRB Solicitation for Disability Examination Services]

B-276912,B-276912.2: Aug 11, 1997

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A firm protested certain terms of a Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) solicitation for disability examination services, contending that: (1) the solicitation should have been set aside for exclusive small business participation; and (2) a requirement that the contractor provide additional medical examiners imposed undue risk on the contractor. GAO held that: (1) RRB's determination not to set aside the procurement for small businesses was proper, since, based on the procurement history for the solicited services, RRB concluded that it could not reasonably expect to receive bids from at least two responsible small business concerns offering a fair market price; and (2) the solicitation's requirement that the contractor provide additional medical examiners in cases where claimant must travel more than 50 miles to an appointment was not improper, since the requirement reflects RRB's legitimate needs. Accordingly, the protest was denied.