[Protests of DOT Decision To Rescind Contract Award and Resolicit Requirement]

B-278276.11,B-278276.12,B-278276.13,B-278276.14: Sep 22, 1998

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Four firms protested a Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration (MARAD), decision to rescind contracts previously awarded, amend its solicitation, reopen negotiations, and evaluate best and final offers submitted in response to the solicitation, contending that: (1) a reevaluation or recompetition need only involve those original bidders encompassed by the improper awards; and (2) since the bidders were informed of the awardees' prices during MARAD's debriefings, rescinding the original awards and reopening the competition would foster an improper auction. GAO held that: (1) MARAD reasonably concluded that the corrective action, was appropriate and not overboard; (2) the corrective action was necessary to resolve the improper award and the serious doubts about the validity of the best value determination; and (3) MARAD's corrective action was not improper and would not constitute an improper auction. Accordingly, the protests were 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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