[Protest of Air Force Contract Award for Vacuum Blasting Systems]

B-234191: May 17, 1989

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A firm protested an Air Force contract award for vacuum blasting systems, contending that the Air Force failed to conduct meaningful discussions and improperly rejected its bid as technically unacceptable. GAO held that: (1) the Air Force properly rejected the protester's bid, since it was unable to determine if the protester's product met all the solicitation's salient characteristics; (2) the protester was not prejudiced by the Air Force's failure to notify it of the noncompetitive award; (3) the solicitation amendment provided the protester with a fair and reasonable opportunity to correct the deficiencies in its proposal; and (4) clarification of the awardee's prices did not constitute discussions with the offerer. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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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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