[Protest of Navy Issuance of RFQ for Information and Referral Specialist Services]

B-224000,B-224001,B-224002: Oct 30, 1986

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A firm protested three Navy solicitations for family counseling services, contending that: (1) the awards would result in prohibited personal services contracts; and (2) the Navy had improperly converted certain functions that it had performed under contract to in-house performance. The protester also requested reimbursement for its protest costs. GAO noted that, since the Navy failed to obtain any quotations for two of the solicitations, it cancelled the solicitations. GAO held that, since: (1) the contract did not permit the Navy to directly supervise or manage the contractor, contractor performance evaluation meetings would not create a prohibited relationship between the government and the contractor; (2) the Navy did not issue the solicitation with the intent of converting work performed by the protester to an in-house function, there was no basis for protest; and (3) the solicitation complied with statutes and regulations, the protester was not entitled to reimbursement for its protest costs. Accordingly, the protests were dismissed in part and denied in part and the claim was denied.

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