[Protest of State Department Contract Award for Equipment Operation and Maintenance]

B-240029.2,B-240029.3,B-240029.4: Oct 31, 1990

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A firm protested a Department of State contract award for equipment operation and maintenance contending that State: (1) improperly evaluated its proposal and was biased against it; and (2) misapplied the evaluation criteria, considered unspecified factors, and failed to conduct meaningful discussions. GAO held that: (1) the record did not include clear evidence of bias or a conflict of interest; (2) State misconstrued the protester's best and final offer and failed to consider a major increase in the protester's level of effort; and (3) State did not conduct meaningful discussions regarding active duty military personnel the protester proposed to use to perform the contract. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part, dismissed in part, and sustained in part, and GAO recommended that State: (1) reopen discussions with the offerors in the competitive range; (2) request another round of best and final offers and carefully evaluate them; and (3) reimburse the protester for its protest costs.

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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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