[Protest of Department of Education Contract Award for Regional Laboratory Operation and Support Services]

B-270774,B-270774.2,B-270774.4,B-270774.5: Apr 22, 1996

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A firm protested a Department of Education contract award for regional educational laboratory operation and support services, contending that: (1) (1) the awardee's proposed governing board did not comply with the solicitation's requirements and law governing its composition; (2) Education improperly evaluated the awardee's bid; (3) the awardee engaged in improper bait-and-switch tactics regarding its proposed personnel; and (4) Education performed an improper cost/technical tradeoff in selecting the awardee's higher-priced, technically inferior bid. GAO held that: (1) there was no evidence that the awardee's bid failed to comply with the solicitation's governing board requirements; (2) the awardee did not engage in improper bait-and-switch tactics; (3) Education properly evaluated the awardee's bid in accordance with the solicitation's evaluation criteria; and (4) Education performed a proper cost/technical tradeoff in selecting the awardee's slightly higher-priced, technically superior bid. 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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