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B-329697, Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary: TRICARE; Reimbursement of Long Term Care Hospitals and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, January 16, 2018

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

GAO reviewed the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary's (DOD) new rule on TRICARE: reimbursement of long term care hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation facilities. GAO found that (1) the final rule (a) establishes reimbursement rates for Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs) and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) in accordance with the statutory requirement that TRICARE inpatient care "payments shall be determined to the extent practicable in accordance with the same reimbursement rules as apply to payments to providers of services of the same type under Medicare;" (b) adopts Medicare's reimbursement methodologies for inpatient services provided by LTCHs and IRFs; (c) removes the definitions for "hospital, long-term (tuberculosis, chronic care, or rehabilitation)" and "long-term hospital care," and creates separate definitions for "Long Term Care Hospital" and "Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility" adopting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services classification criteria; and (d) includes authority for a year-end, discretionary General Temporary Military Contingency Payment Adjustment for inpatient services in TRICARE network IRFs when deemed essential to meet military contingency requirements; and (2) DOD complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.



B-415442, United Excel Corporation, January 04, 2018

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

United Excel Corporation (UEC), of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, protests the issuance of a task order to Gilbane Federal Joint Venture, of Walnut Creek, California, by the Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, under request for proposals (RFP) No. W9127S-17-R-6060, for design, build, outfit, and transition services at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. UEC argues that the Corps conducted misleading discussions, misevaluated proposals, and made an unreasonable source selection decision. We deny the protest.



B-415277,B-415277.2, IPT Associates, LLC, December 20, 2017

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

IPT Associates, LLC, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business of Billerica, Massachusetts, protests the issuance of a task order to E3 Federal Solutions, LLC, a veteran-owned small business of McLean, Virginia, under request for quotations (RFQ) No. HQ0034-17-Q-0011, issued by the Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services & Pentagon Force Protection Agency (WHS) for administrative, analytical, and program management services. IPT challenges the agency's technical evaluation of its own and E3's quotations, as well as the best-value determination. We deny the protest.



B-415422,B-415422.2, Occam Solutions, Inc., January 09, 2018

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

Occam Solutions, Inc., an 8(a) small business of Herndon, Virginia, protests the manner in which the Small Business Administration (SBA) conducted a task order procurement under request for quotations (RFQ) No. SBAHQ-17-R-0001, for enterprise information technology security services, resulting in the issuance of a task order to Zentech, an 8(a) small business of Arlington, Virginia. The protester alleges that the agency failed to provide Occam a fair opportunity to compete for the task order, and that the SBA waived or relaxed a material requirement. We deny the protest.



B-413860.4,B-413860.5,B-413860.6,B-413860.7,B-413860.8, CACI, Inc.-Federal; General Dynamics One Source, LLC, January 05, 2018

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

CACI, Inc.-Federal, of Tampa, Florida, and General Dynamics One Source, LLC (GDOS), of Fairfax, Virginia, protest the issuance of a task order to Jacobs Technology Inc., of Tullahoma, Tennessee, under request for proposals (RFP) No. H92222-16-R-0016, which was issued by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), for special operations forces information technology enterprise contract (SITEC) requirements. The protesters argue that Jacobs had disqualifying organizational conflicts of interest (OCIs) arising from its performance of other contracts for the agency. CACI also argues that the agency failed to adequately investigate whether information included in an attachment to the solicitation resulted in a violation of the Procurement Integrity Act, failed to adequately address the alleged bias of an agency evaluator, and unreasonably assigned a weakness to its proposal concerning its proposed key personnel. GDOS also argues that the agency's evaluation relied on unstated evaluation criteria, unreasonably evaluated the realism of the awardee's proposed costs, and unreasonably evaluated the offerors' past performance. We deny the protests.



B-415529, Beacon Grace, LLC, January 16, 2018

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

Beacon Grace, LLC, a small business of Hagerstown, Maryland, protests the award of a contract to Qi-Tech, LLC, a small business of Fairfax, Virginia, under request for proposals (RFP) No. DTNH22-17-R-00033, issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), for technical support services for the agency's non-traffic surveillance system. The protester challenges the agency's evaluation of the protester's technical and price proposals. We deny the protest.



B-415493,B-415493.2, East Coast Utility Contractors, Ltd., January 16, 2018

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

East Coast Utility Contractors, Ltd. (ECUC), a small business, of Williamsburg, Virginia, protests the award of a contract to American Water Operations and Maintenance, Inc. (AW), of Voorhees, New Jersey, under request for proposals (RFP) No. SPE600-13-R-0809, issued by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for utility services. ECUC challenges the evaluation of its and the awardee's proposal and the agency's best-value trade-off decision. We sustain the protest.



B-414183.8,B-414183.9,B-414183.10,B-414183.11,B-414183.12,B-414183.13, Red River Computer Company, Inc.; MIS Sciences Corporation, December 22, 2017

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

Red River Computer Company, Inc., of Claremont, New Hampshire, and MIS Sciences Corporation, of Burbank, California, protest the establishment of blanket purchase agreements (BPAs) with three vendors under request for quotations (RFQ) No. HSHQDC-16-Q-00195 issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for agency-wide enterprise computing services and cloud computing services. Both protesters assert that the agency improperly credited one of the awardees, Knight Point, with cloud system offerings that were not within the scope of the services provided on Knight Point's General Services Administration (GSA) schedule contract. In addition, Red River challenges the agency's evaluation of Knight Point's technical and price quotations, asserts that DHS evaluated quotations unequally, and contends that the agency conducted an improper best-value tradeoff determination. MIS also challenges the agency's evaluation of Knight Point's technical quotation and asserts that DHS engaged in unequal discussions. We sustain Red River's protest in part and deny the remainder of the protest grounds raised by Red River and MIS.



B-414561.2,B-414561.4, Kompania e Sigurimeve Eurosig Sh.a, January 09, 2017

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

Kompania e Sigurimeve Eurosig Sh.a, of Pristina, Republic of Kosovo, protests the award of a contract to SIGMA Interalbanian Vienna Insurance Group J.S.C. Kosovo, also of Pristina, Republic of Kosovo, under request for proposals (RFP) No. SKV42017R0003, issued by the Department of State (DOS) for health insurance services. Eurosig asserts that the agency unreasonably found the company to be nonresponsible, and therefore ineligible for award. We dismiss the protest in part and deny the protest in part.



B-415480, Herman Construction Group, Inc., January 05, 2018

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

Herman Construction Group, Inc., of Escondido, California, protests the award of a contract to Talion Construction, LLC, of Honolulu, Hawaii, under invitation for bids (IFB) No. VA261-17-B-0330, issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for construction services. The protester alleges that the agency improperly allowed Talion to correct a mistake in its bid. We sustain the protest.



B-415349, DynCorp International LLC, January 03, 2018

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

DynCorp International LLC, of Fort Worth, Texas, protests the Department of the Army's award of a contract to M1 Support Services, of Denton, Texas, pursuant to request for proposals (RFP) No. W9124G-17-R-0002, to provide aircraft maintenance and support services at Fort Rucker, Alabama. DynCorp protests various aspects of the agency's source selection process, including challenges to the agency's evaluation of technical proposals, the agency's evaluation of past performance, and the agency's consideration of the awardee's experience. We deny the protest.



B-415349.2,B-415349.3, L-3 Army Sustainment LLC, January 03, 2018

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

L-3 Army Sustainment LLC, of Fort Rucker, Alabama, protests the Department of the Army's award of a contract to M1 Support Services, of Denton, Texas, pursuant to request for proposals (RFP) No. W9124G-17-R-0002 to provide aircraft maintenance and support services at Fort Rucker, Alabama. L-3 protests virtually every aspect of the agency's source selection process, including challenges to the evaluation of technical proposals, the evaluation of past performance, the evaluation of cost/price, and the adequacy of discussions. We deny the protest.



B-415418, Twin Services, Inc., January 09, 2018

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

Twin Services, Inc. (TSI), of Newbury Park, California, challenges the issuance of a purchase order to Aero Engineering Manufacturing, of Valencia, California, under request for quotations (RFQ) No. SPE4A7-17-T-F607, issued by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), for the supply of aircraft window curtains. The protester contends that it offered a product that met the solicitation's requirement to offer an "exact product" from an approved source. We deny the protest.



B-415394, Herman Construction Group, Inc., January 04, 2018

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

Herman Construction Group, Inc., of Escondido, California, protests the award of a contract to Eklutna Construction & Maintenance, LLC, of Eagle River, Alaska, under invitation for bids (IFB) No. W911SA-17-B-2008, issued by the Department of the Army, as a competitive Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) set-aside, for facilities repairs at Fort Hunter Liggett, California. The protester asserts that the awardee is ineligible because it does not have a bona fide place of business within the geographic area serviced by the SBA district office that accepted the requirement into the 8(a) program and that the IFB failed to include a required geographic area restriction. We dismiss the protest.



B-329681, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Medicare Part B Monthly Actuarial Rates, Premium Rates, and Annual Deductible Beginning January 1, 2018, January 03, 2018

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

GAO reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) new rule on the Medicare Program; Medicare Part B monthly actuarial rates, premium rates, and annual deductible beginning January 1, 2018. GAO found that (1) the final rule (a) announces the monthly actuarial rates for aged (age 65 and over) and disabled (under age 65) beneficiaries enrolled in Part B of the Medicare Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) program beginning January 1, 2018; and (b) announces the monthly premium for aged and disabled beneficiaries, the deductible for 2018, and the income-related monthly adjustment amounts to be paid by beneficiaries with modified adjusted gross income above certain threshold amounts; and (2) with the exception of the 60-day delay in effective date requirement, CMS complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.



B-329685, Environmental Protection Agency: Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2018 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019, December 29, 2017

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new rule on the Renewable Fuel Standard Program: standards for 2018 and biomass-based diesel volume for 2019. GAO found that (1) the final rule (a) establishes the annual percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, bio-mass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel that apply to gasoline and diesel transportation fuel produced or imported in the year 2018; (b) establishes volume requirements for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel that are below the statutory volume targets; and (c) establishes the applicable volume of biomass-based diesel for 2019; and (2) EPA complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.



B-329682, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; CY 2018 Inpatient Hospital Deductible and Hospital and Extended Care Services Coinsurance Amounts, January 03, 2017

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

GAO reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) new rule on the Medicare Program: calendar year (CY) 2018 inpatient hospital deductible and hospital and extended care services coinsurance amounts. GAO found that (1) the final rule announces the inpatient hospital deductible and the hospital and extended care services coinsurance amounts for services furnished in CY 2018 under Medicare Part A; and (2) with the exception of the 60-day delay in effective date requirement, CMS complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.



B-414505.4, Navarre Corporation, January 04, 2018

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

Navarre Corporation, of Navarre, Florida, protests the terms of request for proposals (RFP) No. VA256-16-R-0642, issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the provision of all ground transportation services for the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. The protester contends that the terms of the RFP are tailored to benefit a particular firm and that the agency improperly bundled and consolidated requirements. We deny the protest in part and dismiss in part.



B-415360,B-415360.2,B-415360.3, AdvanceMed Corporation, December 19, 2017

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

AdvanceMed Corporation, of Reston, Virginia, protests the award of a task order to Health Integrity, LLC, of Easton, Maryland, under request for proposals (RFP) No. HHSM-500-2017-RFP-0002, Medicaid Services (CMS), for Medicare and Medicaid program integrity services. The protester challenges the agency's evaluation of proposals, the reasonableness and meaningfulness of discussions, and the ultimate best-value determination. We deny the protest.



B-414951.2,B-414951.3, Nirvana Enterprise, Inc., December 19, 2017

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

Nirvana Enterprise, Inc., of Merritt Island, Florida, protests the award of a contract to Advanced Technology Logistics (ATL), of Newnan, Georgia, under request for proposals (RFP) No. W9124J-17-R-0012, issued by the Department of the Army for education support services. Nirvana challenges the agency's evaluation of proposals and source selection. We deny the protest.



B-415607,B-415607.2,B-415607.3, AeroSage, LLC; SageCare, Inc., January 03, 2018

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

AeroSage, LLC, a small business, of Tampa, Florida, and SageCare, Inc., a small business, of Tampa, Florida, protest the award of a contract to Tayrona Oil, Inc., a small business, of West Palm Beach, Florida, under purchase request No. 71150203, issued by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), for 5,000 gallons of fuel to the Milwaukee Veterans Administration Medical Center (MVAMC). The protesters primarily allege that DLA unreasonably modified the purchase request's delivery schedule without issuing an amendment. We dismiss SageCare's protest and deny AeroSage's protest.



B-415416, ACADEMI Training Center, LLC dba Constellis, December 18, 2017

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

ACADEMI Training Center, LLC dba Constellis (ACADEMI), of Moyock, North Carolina, protests the issuance of two task orders to DECO, Inc., of Champlin, Minnesota, by the Department of State under request for proposals (RFP) No. SAQMMA17R0163 for antiterrorism training to foreign law enforcement and civilian government officials worldwide. The protester contends that the solicitation contained a latent ambiguity that resulted in the agency unreasonably finding its task order proposals ineligible for award. The protester further argues that the agency abused its discretion by failing to conduct discussions.We deny the protest.



B-415539,B-415541, Dura Brands, Inc., December 28, 2017

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Dura Brands, Inc., of Glendale, California, protests the award of contracts to U.S. Army Tactical Supply, of Kuwait City, Kuwait, and to Enrichment Bookstore & Arts Center, of Decatur, Georgia, under solicitation Nos. PR6708889 and PR6708930, both issued by the Department of State for copies of educational books. Dura challenges the agency's determination that its lowest-priced bids were technically unacceptable. We deny the protests.



B-415254.2, McKean Defense Group, LLC, December 19, 2017

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

McKean Defense Group, LLC, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, protests the award of a contract to Gryphon Technologies, L.C., of Washington, District of Columbia, by the Department of the Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) under request for proposals (RFP) No. N00024-16-R-3030 for engineering support services. McKean contends that the agency failed to conduct a reasonable cost realism analysis, performed a flawed best-value tradeoff determination, and failed to conduct a reasonable technical evaluation of proposals. We deny the protest.



B-415416.3, International Preparedness Associates Inc., December 27, 2017

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

International Preparedness Associates Inc. (IPA), a small business of Virginia Beach, Virginia, protests the decision not to award IPA one of multiple indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts under request for proposals (RFP) No. SAQMMA17R0163, issued by the Department of State for antiterrorism training to foreign law enforcement and civilian government officials worldwide. The protester contends that the agency unreasonably evaluated its proposal and should have awarded IPA a contract. We deny the protest.