B-227365, JUN 8, 1987, 87-1 CPD 581

B-227365: Jun 8, 1987

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PROCUREMENT - BID PROTESTS - GAO PROCEDURES - INTERESTED PARTIES DIGEST: AN ASSOCIATION THAT REPRESENTS FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IS NOT AN INTERESTED PARTY TO PROTEST THE CONTRACTING AGENCY'S DECISION TO CONTRACT FOR SERVICES RATHER THAN PERFORM THEM IN-HOUSE. SINCE THE ASSOCIATION IS NOT AN ACTUAL OR PROSPECTIVE OFFER OR UNDER THE CHALLENGED SOLICITATION. IS NOT AN ACTUAL OR PROSPECTIVE BIDDER OR OFFEROR UNDER THE SOLICITATION BEING CHALLENGED. THE PROTESTER IS NOT AN INTERESTED PARTY ELIGIBLE TO MAINTAIN A PROTEST. THE PROTEST IS DISMISSED.

B-227365, JUN 8, 1987, 87-1 CPD 581

PROCUREMENT - BID PROTESTS - GAO PROCEDURES - INTERESTED PARTIES DIGEST: AN ASSOCIATION THAT REPRESENTS FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IS NOT AN INTERESTED PARTY TO PROTEST THE CONTRACTING AGENCY'S DECISION TO CONTRACT FOR SERVICES RATHER THAN PERFORM THEM IN-HOUSE, SINCE THE ASSOCIATION IS NOT AN ACTUAL OR PROSPECTIVE OFFER OR UNDER THE CHALLENGED SOLICITATION.

JACKSONVILLE NAVAL AIR STATION ASSOCIATION:

JACKSONVILLE NAVAL AIR STATION ASSOCIATION PROTESTS THE PROPOSED AWARD OF A CONTRACT UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) NO. N62467-87-R-0010 FOR PUBLIC WORKS SHOP SUPPORT AT THE NAVAL AIR STATION IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA. THE PROTEST CONCERNS THE ADVISABILITY OF CONTRACTING FOR THE SERVICES, PURSUANT TO OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET CIRCULAR NO. A-76, RATHER THAN PERFORMING THEM IN HOUSE.

UNDER THE COMPETITION IN CONTRACTING ACT OF 1984, 31 U.S.C. SEC. 3551(2) (SUPP. III 1985), AND OUR BID PROTEST REGULATIONS, 4 C.F.R. SEC. 21.0(A) (1986), A PROTEST MAY BE BROUGHT ONLY BY AN "INTERESTED PARTY," DEFINED AS AN ACTUAL OR PROSPECTIVE BIDDER OR OFFEROR WHOSE DIRECT ECONOMIC INTEREST WOULD BE AFFECTED BY THE AWARD OR FAILURE TO AWARD THE CONTRACT INVOLVED. HERE, THE PROTESTER, AN ASSOCIATION REPRESENTING FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, IS NOT AN ACTUAL OR PROSPECTIVE BIDDER OR OFFEROR UNDER THE SOLICITATION BEING CHALLENGED. AS A RESULT, THE PROTESTER IS NOT AN INTERESTED PARTY ELIGIBLE TO MAINTAIN A PROTEST. AMERICAN FEDERATION OF LOCAL EMPLOYEES LOCAL 1513, B-219590.4, JUNE 27, 1986, 86-2 CPD PARA. 14.

THE PROTEST IS DISMISSED.