[Protest of UNICOR Contract Award for Office Chairs]

B-270592.2,B-270592.3,B-270592.4,B-270592.5: Mar 29, 1996

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A firm protested a Federal Prison Industries, Inc. (UNICOR) contract award for office chairs, contending that UNICOR failed to conduct meaningful discussions. GAO held that UNICOR: (1) failed to properly advise the protester of its concerns regarding the comfort factors associated with its product; and (2) should have afforded the protester an opportunity to address the comfort and marketability evaluation subfactors in discussions. Accordingly, the protest was sustained, and GAO recommended that UNICOR: (1) reopen negotiations with all competitive range offerers, conduct meaningful discussions, and request best and final offers; (2) terminate the award if another bid is deemed the best value to the government; and (3) reimburse the protester for its protest costs.

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.
  • Yang Enterprises, Inc.
    We dismiss the protest.

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