Construction Costs Incurred by the Department of the Navy

B-250941.2: Feb 19, 1993

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This decision concerns construction costs incurred by the Department of the Navy under a contract with Entrecanales Y Tavora, S.A., to build the United States pavilion for the Seville Expo. The Navy procured and administered the contract for the United States Information Agency pursuant to an interagency agreement. During discussions with our evaluators, House Committee on Foreign Affairs staff members asked us to determine (1) who was responsible for approximately $2 million in construction costs that exceeded the amount USIA had budgeted and authorized the Navy to spend under the agreement, and (2) whether the Navy or USIA should pay for those excess construction costs. USIA has suggested that the Navy improperly allowed the contractor to spend more money than USIA had authorized, and that the Navy therefore should pay that excess. Both agencies, in attempting to insure timely completion of the Pavilion under difficult circumstances, contributed to the additional costs. GAO determined the contract costs should be paid out of USIA funds, subject to review by the Defense Contract Audit Agency.

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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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