[Protests of Navy Contract Award for Technical Advisory Services]

B-221385,B-221385.2,B-221385.4: May 15, 1986

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Three firms protested a Navy cost-plus-fixed-fee contract award for technical advisory services, contending that: (1) a conflict of interest existed since the awardee manufactured the type of hardware the agency requested and provided warehouse space; (2) the Navy improperly evaluated their proposals; and (3) the Navy deliberately failed to give them advance notice of the award to prevent a timely protest of the awardee's small business size status. GAO found that: (1) the awardee would not evaluate its own equipment or advise the Navy on the type of equipment to procure; (2) the Navy properly evaluated the proposals and the award was consistent with the evaluation criteria; (3) the protests alleging a conflict of interest and a significant cost difference among the proposals were untimely filed; and (4) the agency was not required to give the bidders advance notice of the award because the services were urgently needed and delay of the award would have jeopardized the project. GAO held that the procuring agency finally determines whether a conflict of interest exists and it would not overturn the Navy's decision absent indications of bias or unfair treatment. Accordingly, the protests were denied in part and dismissed in part.

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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