[Protests of NARA Contract Award for Security Services]

B-254392.10,B-254392.11,B-254392.12,B-254392.13,B-254392.8,B-254: Feb 9, 1994

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Three firms protested a National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) contract award for security guard services, contending that NARA unreasonably evaluated the bids. GAO held that: (1) the solicitation did not state that award would be made solely on the basis of the bidder's level of compensation; (2) the awardee's training costs were feasible, since as the incumbent contractor it employed experienced guards who would require less training that other bidders' personnel; (3) NARA held meaningful discussions with all bidders; (4) NARA did not relax the performance requirements for the awardee; (5) there was no evidence that NARA acted in bad faith in determining the awardee's responsibility; (6) one protester untimely filed its protest more than 10 days after it knew the basis of protest; (7) NARA reasonably evaluated the bidders' proposed personnel in accordance with the solicitation's evaluation criteria; and (8) NARA made a reasonable price-technical tradeoff and determined that the low bid represented the best value to the government. Accordingly, the protests were denied in part and dismissed in part.

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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