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POTENTIAL SUBCONTRACTOR WHICH IS NOT AN ACTUAL OR PROSPECTIVE BIDDER ITSELF IS NOT AN INTERESTED PARTY. RATHER IS A POTENTIAL SUBCONTRACTOR TO FIRMS BIDDING ON THE PRIME CONTRACT. OUR OFFICE GENERALLY WILL ONLY REVIEW PROTESTS THAT INVOLVE A DIRECT FEDERAL PROCUREMENT AND ARE FILED BY A PARTY THAT MEETS THE DEFINITION OF AN INTERESTED PARTY. AN INTERESTED PARTY IS DEFINED BY THE COMPETITION IN CONTRACTING ACT OF 1984 (CICA). THIS STATUTORY DEFINITION OF AN "INTERESTED PARTY" IS REFLECTED IN THE LANGUAGE OR OUR BID PROTEST REGULATIONS WHICH IMPLEMENT THE CICA. 4 C.F.R. A&K IS NOT AN INTERESTED PARTY AND DOES NOT QUALIFY AS A PROTESTER UNDER OUR BID PROTEST REGULATIONS. THE PROTEST IS DISMISSED.

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B-226631, APR 28, 1987, 87-1 CPD 446

PROCUREMENT - BID PROTESTS - GAO PROCEDURES - INTERESTED PARTIES - DIRECT INTEREST STANDARDS DIGEST: TO BE CONSIDERED AN INTERESTED PARTY TO PROTEST GOVERNMENT SOLICITATIONS, A PARTY MUST BE AN ACTUAL OR PROSPECTIVE BIDDER OR OFFEROR WHOSE DIRECT ECONOMIC INTEREST WOULD BE AFFECTED BY THE AWARD OF A CONTRACT OR THE FAILURE TO AWARD A CONTRACT. POTENTIAL SUBCONTRACTOR WHICH IS NOT AN ACTUAL OR PROSPECTIVE BIDDER ITSELF IS NOT AN INTERESTED PARTY.

A&K EARTH MOVERS, INC.:

A&K EARTH MOVERS, INC., (A&K) PROTESTS ALLEGED UNFAIR AND UNETHICAL BIDDING PRACTICES UNDER SOLICITATION NO. N62474-84-C-4671 ISSUED BY THE NAVAL FACILITIES ENGINEERING COMMAND.

WE DISMISS THE PROTEST.

AS INDICATED BY A&K'S PROTEST AND CONFIRMED BY THE NAVY A&K DID NOT BID ON THE SOLICITATION, BUT RATHER IS A POTENTIAL SUBCONTRACTOR TO FIRMS BIDDING ON THE PRIME CONTRACT.

OUR OFFICE GENERALLY WILL ONLY REVIEW PROTESTS THAT INVOLVE A DIRECT FEDERAL PROCUREMENT AND ARE FILED BY A PARTY THAT MEETS THE DEFINITION OF AN INTERESTED PARTY. SEE INDUSTRIAL COMBUSTION, B-222043, FEB. 26, 1986, 86-1 CPD PARA. 201; STACOR CORP., B-220390, NOV. 4, 1985, 85-2 CPD PARA. 521. AN INTERESTED PARTY IS DEFINED BY THE COMPETITION IN CONTRACTING ACT OF 1984 (CICA), 31 U.S.C. SEC. 3551(A) (SUPP. II 1984), AS AN "ACTUAL OR PROSPECTIVE BIDDER OR OFFEROR WHOSE DIRECT ECONOMIC INTEREST WOULD BE AFFECTED BY THE AWARD OF THE CONTRACT." THIS STATUTORY DEFINITION OF AN "INTERESTED PARTY" IS REFLECTED IN THE LANGUAGE OR OUR BID PROTEST REGULATIONS WHICH IMPLEMENT THE CICA. 4 C.F.R. SEC. 21.0(A) (1986). COEUR D'ALENE ASPHALT, INC., B-223432, JULY 16, 1986, 86-2 CPD PARA. 76.

A&K IS NOT AN INTERESTED PARTY AND DOES NOT QUALIFY AS A PROTESTER UNDER OUR BID PROTEST REGULATIONS. FURTHER, OUR OFFICE DOES NOT REVIEW PROTESTS CONCERNING THE AWARD OF SUBCONTRACTS EXCEPT IN CIRCUMSTANCES NOT PRESENT HERE. 4 C.F.R. SEC. 21.3(F)(10); COEUR D'ALENE ASPHALT, INC., SUPRA.

THE PROTEST IS DISMISSED.

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