[Protest of VA Issuance of Purchase Orders for Central Dictation Systems]

B-216264,B-216621,B-216622,B-216701: Feb 25, 1985

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A firm protested the Veterans Administration's (VA) issuance of purchase orders for a central dictation system under four separate procurements, contending that VA acted improperly by requesting and obtaining waivers from use of the protester's mandatory single-award Federal Supply Schedule contract. VA modified its specifications deleting the requirement that all offered items be on Schedule contracts and warned its ordering activities that waiver requests were not to be based on price alone, but were to have compatibility considerations. GAO found that VA acted properly in requesting the waivers, since the protester's items did not meet the VA minimum needs due to the lack of compatibility with the system it chose. GAO did not believe that VA was compelled to purchase the protester's complete system merely because the firm held a single-award contract for the accessories. Finally, GAO has held that its bid protest function does not encompass the policy decisions of contracting agencies but instead addresses whether procurement actions comply with statutory, regulatory, or other legal requirements. Accordingly, the protests were denied.

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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