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B-415308, Fattani Offset Printers, November 20, 2017

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Fattani Offset Printers, of Blantyre, Malawi, protests the award of a contract to Kris Offset & Screen Printers, Ltd., also of Blantyre, Malawi, under request for proposals (RFP) No. SOL-612-17-000009, issued by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for printing services. Fattani alleges that the agency unreasonably evaluated its proposal. We deny the protest.



B-329552, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: Restrictions on Qualified Financial Contracts of Certain FDIC-Supervised Institutions; Revisions to the Definition of Qualifying Master Netting Agreement and Related Definitions, November 14, 2017

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

GAO reviewed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's (FDIC) new rule on restrictions on qualified financial contracts of certain FDIC-supervised institutions and revisions to the definition of qualifying master netting agreement and related definitions. GAO found that (1) the final rule (a) improves the resolvability of systemically important U.S. banking organizations and systemically important foreign banking organizations and enhances the resilience and the safety and soundness of certain state savings associations and state-chartered banks that are not members of the Federal Reserve System (state non-member banks or SNMBs) for which FDIC is the primary federal regulator (together, FSIs or FDIC-supervised institutions); (b) requires that FSIs and their subsidiaries (covered FSIs) ensure that covered qualified financial contracts (QFCs) to which they are a party provide that any default rights and restrictions on the transfer of the QFCs are limited to the same extent as they would be under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (FDI Act); and (c) amends the definition of "qualifying master netting agreement" in FDIC's capital and liquidity rules and certain related terms in FDIC's capital rules; and (2) FDIC complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.



B-415035, Geotech Environmental Services, Inc., November 08, 2017

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Geotech Environmental Services, Inc., a small business located in Addison, Illinois, protests the rejection of its proposal and the award of a contract to Wadsworth Builders Company, Inc., of Great Falls, Montana, under request for proposals (RFP) No. FA4626-16-R-0032, issued by the Department of the Air Force to construct water wells at Malmstrom Air Force Base (AFB), Montana. Geotech challenges the evaluation of its technical proposal and contends that the Air Force's exchanges with Geotech were flawed. We deny the protest.



B-414647.2,B-414647.3, DynCorp International LLC, November 01, 2017

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

DynCorp International LLC, of McLean, Virginia, protests the Department of the Air Force's award of a contract to L-3 Communications, Vertex Aerospace, of Madison, Mississippi, under solicitation No. FA8106-15-R-0007, which the Air Force issued for C-12 aircraft logistics support. L-3 was also the incumbent contractor providing these services. DynCorp objects to the agency's evaluation of the offerors' past performance and the source selection decision. We deny the protest.



B-412967.3,B-412967.4, InGenesis, Inc., September 26, 2017

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

InGenesis, Inc., of San Antonio, Texas, protests the exclusion of its proposal from the competitive range under request for proposals (RFP) No. HSCEDM-16-R-00002, issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for on-site medical staffing services, including medical, dental, and mental health care to ICE detainees. InGenesis challenges the agency's evaluation of its proposal and the exclusion of its proposal from the competitive range. We deny the protest.



B-414825,B-414825.2, A-P-T Research, Inc., September 27, 2017

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

A-P-T Research, Inc. (APT), of Huntsville, Alabama, protests the award of a contract to Bastion Technologies, Inc. (Bastion), of Houston, Texas, by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), under request for proposals (RFP) No. NNM16577788R. The agency sought safety and mission assurance services (SMAS) for the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi. The protester alleges that the agency's past performance and cost evaluations were flawed and that the best-value tradeoff decision was improper. We deny the protest in part and dismiss the protest in part.



B-410486.9, Fluor Federal Solutions, LLC, January 18, 2017

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Fluor Federal Solutions, LLC, of Greenville, South Carolina, protests the award of a contract to DZSP 21 LLC, of Hagatna, Guam, under request for proposals (RFP) No. N62742-13-R-1150, issued by the Department of the Navy for base operations support services for the Joint Region Marianas on the island of Guam. Fluor maintains that the agency misevaluated proposals and made an unreasonable source selection decision. We sustain the protest.



B-415036, HBI-GF, JV, November 13, 2017

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

HBI-GF, JV, of Tampa, Florida, protests the exclusion of its proposal from the competitive range by the Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, under request for proposals (RFP) No. W912EP-17-R-0008, for the construction of cutoff walls at the Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) embankment, at Lake Okeechobee in Florida. The protester challenges the agency's decision to exclude HBI-GF due to an organizational conflict of interest (OCI), and alleges that the agency's OCI analysis was flawed. We deny the protest.



B-414410.4, Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc., November 06, 2017

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc., of San Diego, California, protests the Department of the Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command's (NAVSEA) modification of task order No. N5523617F3001, which was awarded to URS Federal Services, Inc., of Germantown, Maryland, for engineering and technical support services at the Navy's Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC). The protester, the incumbent contractor, alleges that the Navy improperly relaxed the requirements by removing two statement of work (SOW) provisions, which materially changed the scope of work anticipated by the solicitation and resulted in an improper sole-source contract for the modified work in violation of the Competition in Contracting Act (CICA). We dismiss the protest because it raises a matter of contract administration over which we do not exercise jurisdiction.



, Antideficiency Act Reports - Fiscal Year 2017, November 15, 2017

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

This document is GAO's summary of agency Antideficiency Act Reports for fiscal year 2017. It includes unaudited information extracted from agency Antideficiency Act reports filed with GAO, as required by section 1401 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, Pub. L. No. 108-447, 118 Stat. 2809, 3192 (Dec. 8, 2004). Each report entry includes a brief description of the violation, remedial actions taken, and links to individual agency reporting letters. For more information on individual violations and actions taken, contact the agencies filing the reports. Get more information about the Antideficiency Act and reporting requirements.



B-329065, Eastern Interior Resource Management Plan, November 15, 2017

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

In response to a letter from Senator Lisa Murkowski, GAO issued an opinion on whether the 2016 Eastern Interior Resource Management Plan (Eastern Interior Plan) issued on December 30, 2016 is a "rule" for purposes of the Congressional Review Act (CRA). We concluded that the Eastern Interior Plan is a rule under the CRA, which requires that it be submitted to Congress for review.



GAO-18-237SP, GAO Bid Protest Annual Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2017, November 13, 2017

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

This letter responds to the requirements of the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984, 31 U.S.C. § 3554(e)(2) (CICA), that the Comptroller General report to Congress each instance in which a federal agency did not fully implement a recommendation made by our Office in connection with a bid protest decided the prior fiscal year and each instance in which a final decision in a protest was not rendered within 100 days after the date the protest is submitted to the Comptroller General. We are pleased to report that there were no such occurrences during fiscal year 2017. In this letter we also provide data concerning our overall protest filings for the fiscal year. Finally, this letter also addresses the requirement under CICA that our report "include a summary of the most prevalent grounds for sustaining protests" during the preceding year. 31 U.S.C. § 3554(e)(2).



B-414573.3, Protection Strategies, Inc., November 09, 2017

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Protection Strategies, Inc. (PSI), of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, requests that our Office recommend that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reimburse its costs of filing and pursuing its protest of the establishment of a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) with PAE Professional Services, Inc., of Arlington, Virginia, under request for quotations (RFQ) No. SECHQ1-16-Q-0109, for background investigative and adjudication services. We grant the request in part and deny it in part.



B-329243, Laws Authorizing Payment of Financial Rewards for Providing Information about Antiquities Trafficking, November 09, 2017

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Recent events show that illegal trafficking of antiquities--historic, man-made objects such as statues, jewelry, and artifacts--affects the United States today. We identified six federal statutes that specifically address antiquities trafficking--four criminal provisions and two civil customs statutes--as well as a series of more general statutes that may be used to address antiquities trafficking in certain circumstances. We also identified provisions in some of these statutes, or in other laws, that authorize payment of financial rewards for providing information to federal agencies about such trafficking under certain circumstances, with the largest reward authorized at more than $25 million.



B-414987,B-414987.2, Global SuperTanker Services, LLC, November 06, 2017

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Global SuperTanker Services, LLC (GST), a small business located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, protests the terms of request for proposals (RFP) No. AG-024B-S-16-9014, issued by the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service, for Next Generation Large Airtanker (LAT) services for wildland firefighting. The protester alleges that the solicitation's limitation on the maximum tank size for retardant is unduly restrictive of competition. We sustain the protest.



B-413204.5,B-413204.6,B-413204.7, Verisys Corporation, October 02, 2017

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Verisys Corporation, a small business of Alexandria, Virginia, protests the issuance of a General Services Administration Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) task order to Solutions by Design II, LLC (SBD), a small business of Vienna, Virginia, under request for quotations (RFQ) No. 161144, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), for software development and other services to establish a new version of CMS' electronic provider enrollment system. The protester challenges various aspects of the agency's evaluation process, including assertions that the agency failed to evaluate technical and price proposals in accordance with the solicitation; failed to identify and investigate an unfair competitive advantage and conflicts of interest; engaged in unfair and inequitable discussions with only the awardee; and failed to properly implement the promised corrective action in response to its prior protest, resulting in prejudice to Verisys. We deny the protest.



B-411126.4,B-411126.5,B-411126.6, DynCorp International LLC, December 20, 2016

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

DynCorp International LLC, of Fort Worth, Texas, protests the award of a contract to AAR Airlift Group, Inc., of Palm Bay, Florida, under request for proposals (RFP) No. SAQMMA14R0319, which was issued by the Department of State (DOS), for aviation support services. DynCorp argues that the award to AAR was improper for the following reasons: the agency unreasonably and unequally evaluated the offerors' technical proposals; the agency unreasonably evaluated the awardee's past performance; the agency failed to reasonably evaluate the past performance and experience of one of AAR's proposed subcontractors; the agency failed to reasonably review allegations by DynCorp that AAR violated the Procurement Integrity Act (PIA); and the agency unreasonably found AAR a responsible offeror. We deny the protest.



B-415401,B-415401.2, Akima Support Operations, LLC, October 30, 2017

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Akima Support Operations, LLC, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, protests the Department of the Air Force's award of a contract to Choctaw Defense Services (CDS), of Midwest City, Oklahoma, pursuant to request for proposals (RFP) No. FA3002-15-R-0025 to provide base operations support (BOS) services at Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. Akima states that its "sister company" is the incumbent contractor, and maintains that the proposal of any offeror not so affiliated with the incumbent should have been rejected. We dismiss the protest.



B-415228, A-Z Cleaning Solutions, November 06, 2017

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

A-Z Cleaning Solutions, of Pittsburg, California, protests the award of a contract to Clean Solutions Services, Inc., of San Francisco, California, under solicitation No. USM-SF-17-0004 issued by the Department of the Treasury, United States Mint for janitorial and laundry services in San Francisco. The protester contends that the agency erred in its evaluation of proposals and in its best-value tradeoff decision. We dismiss the protest for lack of jurisdiction.



B-415242, The Congaree Group, LLC, November 06, 2017

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

The Congaree Group, LLC, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business located in Columbia, South Carolina, protests the terms of request for proposals (RFP) No. VA247-17-R-0800, which was issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for valet parking services at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center located in Charleston, South Carolina. Congaree, the incumbent contractor, contends that the VA improperly disclosed the protester's proprietary information regarding the location of the parking lot used in its performance of the predecessor contract for valet services. We deny the protest.



B-329527, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, November 02, 2017

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

GAO reviewed the Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) new rule on federal motor vehicle safety standards and minimum sound requirements for hybrid and electric vehicles. GAO found that (1) the final rule (a) establishes a federal motor vehicle safety standard setting minimum sound requirements for hybrid and electric vehicles; and (b) applies to electric vehicles and to those hybrid vehicles that are capable of propulsion in any forward or reverse gear without the vehicle's internal combustion engine operating; and (2) with the exception of the 60-day delay in effective date requirement, NHTSA complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.



B-414974,B-414974.2, Advantedge Technology, Inc., October 27, 2017

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Advantedge Technology, Inc. (ATI), of Port Hueneme, California, protests the issuance of a task order to JSL Technologies, Inc., of Oxnard, California, under request for proposals (RFP) No. N00024-16-R-3008, issued by the Department of the Navy for engineering and technical support services for the Desert Ship and missile assembly facility in White Sands, New Mexico. ATI argues that the agency misevaluated proposals and made an unreasonable source selection decision. We deny the protest.



B-413682.4,B-413682.5, The Arcanum Group, Inc., August 14, 2017

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

The Arcanum Group, Inc. (TAG), of Denver, Colorado protests the General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service's (GSA) award of a contract to MIRACORP, Inc., of Mesa, Arizona, under request for proposals (RFP) No. GS-08-P-16-JE-D-7000, for administrative and technical support services for the GSA, Rocky Mountain Region 8. TAG primarily challenges the agency's evaluation of proposals and source selection decision. We deny the protest.



B-414965,B-414965.2, Caduceus Healthcare, Inc., November 01, 2017

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Caduceus Healthcare, Inc., of Atlanta, Georgia, protests the terms of request for proposals (RFP) No. HSBP1017R0029, issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), for support services to meet a nationwide recruitment and hiring of frontline employees. Caduceus argues that the RFP contains terms that are unduly restrictive of competition. We deny the protest.



B-414988.2, Nu-Way Security and Investigative Services, Inc., October 20, 2017

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Nu-Way Security and Investigative Services, Inc., of Victorville, California, protests the elimination of its quotation from the competition under request for quotations (RFQ) No. HSCEDM-17-Q-00003, issued by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), to provide armed and unarmed detention officer services in California. The protester asserts that the agency unreasonably found Nu-Way's quotation nonresponsive for failure to comply with the revised solicitation terms. We deny the protest.