Protest Against Contract Award

B-194785: Apr 21, 1980

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A firm protested the award of a contract by the Department of Labor to provide litigation support microfilming services. The protester alleged that Labor improperly evaluated the awardee's technical proposal, conducted negotiations which prejudiced the protester, and used a technical evaluation panel composed of unqualified personnel. The protester also stated that the awardee was not capable of performing the contract satisfactorily and asked that GAO monitor the awardee's performance under the contract. The protester failed to show that the scores awarded in evaluating the various aspects of the awardee's proposal were unfair, and GAO will ordinarily accept a procuring activity's proposal evaluation unless it is clearly shown to be unreasonable. The record did not support the allegation that Labor prejudiced the protester during contract negotiations. The only portion of the protester's proposal disclosed during negotiations was an alternative pricing proposal which did not follow the scheme of the request for proposals. The claim that the members of the technical evaluation panel were unqualified was not considered since GAO does not review the composition of such panels in the absence of allegations of fraud, bad faith, or conflict of interest. The protester's request that GAO monitor the awardee's performance under the contract was not considered since contract administration is outside the scope of the GAO bid protest function. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

Mar 20, 2018

Mar 19, 2018

  • Ampcus, Inc.
    We deny the protest.
  • AMAR Health IT, LLC
    We dismiss the protest because our Office does not have jurisdiction to entertain protests of task orders issued under civilian agency multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts that are valued at less than $10 million.
  • Centurum, Inc.--Costs
    We grant the request.

Mar 15, 2018

  • ORBIS Sibro, Inc.
    We sustain the protest in part and deny it in part.

Mar 14, 2018

Mar 13, 2018

  • Interoperability Clearinghouse
    We dismiss the protest because the protester, a not-for-profit entity, is not an interested party to challenge this sole-source award to an Alaska Native Corporation under the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) program.
  • Yang Enterprises, Inc.
    We dismiss the protest.

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