Protest of Air Force Contract Award

B-201105: Sep 18, 1981

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A firm protested the award of certain contracts for aircraft components alleging a number of procurement irregularities. The protester contended that the minimum requirements for the materials in the request for proposals (RFP) were relaxed without amending the solicitation, therefore, not allowing it to bid on the relaxed basis. GAO found that the agency had specified that any material would suffice as long as the performance specifications could be met. Therefore, this portion of the protest was denied. A protest which was raised against an ambiguity in the specifications was untimely filed as it was filed after best and final offers were due, contrary to bid protest procedures. Further, the specification did not competitively prejudice the protester. A protest against an erroneous possible disclosure of information in the protester's technical proposal was dismissed as untimely since it was filed more than 10 working days after the basis for the protest was known. GAO found that the agency's technical evaluation had a reasonable basis and that the evaluation criteria were properly applied and not changed by the evaluation team. Accordingly, this portion of the protest was denied. A protest that an awardee was not a small business was a matter to be considered by the Small Business Administration and was not for GAO consideration. An allegation that an RFP requirement was waived for the offerors was also not for GAO consideration as it was filed more than 6 weeks after the basis for the protest was known and was thus untimely. Additionally, a protest as to the length of time it took the agency to report to GAO did not have any bearing upon the validity of the awards. However, the agency was notified of GAO views regarding its reporting policy. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.

Mar 22, 2018

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.

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