[Protest of VA Rejection of Bid for Chemistry System]

B-246148.2,B-246148.3,B-246148.4: Apr 2, 1992

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A firm protested the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) rejection of its bid and subsequent contract award for a chemical system, contending that VA: (1) was required to award it the contract, since its product was listed on the Federal Supply Schedule; and (2) improperly awarded the contract to the awardee, since its product was not available under the schedule. GAO held that: (1) VA reasonably rejected the protester's equal product since it did not comply with salient characteristics that the solicitation specified; and (2) the protester was not prejudiced by the agency's decision to obtain a waiver to purchase a nonschedule brand-name product which satisfied the agency's minimum needs, because the protester's offered product did not comply with the salient characteristics. Accordingly, the protest was 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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