[Protests of PTO Contract Award for Computer Work Stations]

B-274654,B-274654.2,B-274654.3,B-274654.4,B-274654.5: Dec 26, 1996

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Three firms protested a Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) contract award for computer workstations, contending that PTO: (1) unreasonably evaluated their proposals; (2) unreasonably determined that the awardee offered the best value; and (3) should have held discussions rather than making award based on initial proposals. GAO held that: (1) two of the protesters were sufficiently interested to protest the award, since reevaluation of their proposals could have put them in line for award if their protests were sustained; (2) PTO reasonably determined, in accordance with the evaluation criteria, that the first protester's product did not meet several of the solicitation specifications; (3) the solicitation clearly indicated that PTO would make award on the basis of initial proposals without discussions if possible; (4) PTO reasonably evaluated the second protester's proposal except under one technical issue, but this issue did not materially affect that protester's technical ranking; (5) PTO performed a reasonable cost-technical tradeoff analysis; and (6) PTO reasonably evaluated the third protester's technical proposal and was required to evaluate certain subfactors only if a competitive range was established, which did not occur. Accordingly, the protests were denied.

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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