[Protest of EPA Contract Award for Program Support Services]

B-270160.2: Apr 10, 1996

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A firm protested an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contract award for program support services, contending that: (1) EPA improperly evaluated and downgraded its technical proposal; (2) EPA made an improper cost/technical tradeoff in selecting the awardee's higher-priced, technically-equal bid; (3) the awardee's proposed subcontractor presented an organizational conflict of interest; and (4) the award was invalid, since EPA needed to amend the solicitation because its requirements had changed. GAO held that: (1) EPA reasonably evaluated and downgraded the protester's bid, since its bid did not contain sufficient information and was generally disorganized; (2) EPA performed a proper cost/technical tradeoff in selecting the awardee's higher-priced, technically superior bid; (3) the awardee's use of the subcontractor did not pose a conflict of interest, since it was capable of performing the required work without involving the subcontractor's staff; and (4) the protester was not prejudiced by EPA failure to amend the solicitation. 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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