[Complaint Concerning Exclusion of Products]

B-203855.3,B-203855.4,B-203855.5,B-203855.6: Aug 23, 1982

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A firm complained about the continued exclusion of one of its products from consideration for use in a foreign country under procurements financed by Agency for International Development (AID) grants and loans. The complainant's position was further supported by two other firms, and the complainant requested reconsideration of an earlier decision which excluded the product from future procurements. GAO based its original decision on information it received from an authoritative source which indicated that the product could not be used by the foreign country. The complainant reintroduced its position, supported by letters from several Government agencies and an authoritative individual which stated that the product was adequate for the foreign country's needs. However, AID reviewed the letters and concluded that their sources appeared to have little understanding of or experience in the job-site requirements. AID reaffirmed its prior decision on the grounds that the letters had no probative value, and GAO held that AID properly complied with applicable grantee regulations when it made its decision. Accordingly, the complaints and request for reconsideration were denied. GAO recommended that AID obtain reviews of the product's suitability from the complainant's supporting sources to resolve remaining questions.

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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