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B-412853.3,B-412853.4, CACI Technologies, Inc., November 22, 2016

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:00:00 -0500

CACI Technologies, Inc., of Chantilly, Virginia, protests the issuance of a task order to DynCorp International, LLC, of McLean, Virginia, by the Department of the Army, Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), under request for task order proposals (RTOP) No. W911W4-15-R-0017 for worldwide logistics support services. CACI alleges that the agency's evaluation of proposals was flawed in various respects.We deny the protest.



B-412949,B-412949.2, Vencore Services and Solutions, Inc., July 18, 2016

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:00:00 -0500

Vencore Services and Solutions, Inc., of Reston, Virginia, protests the issuance of a task order to ManTech Advanced Systems International, Inc., of Herndon, Virginia, under request for proposals (RFP) No. HSBP1015R0039, which was issued by the Department of Homeland Security, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), under the multiple-award indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity enterprise acquisition gateway for leading edge solutions (EAGLE II) contract, to obtain business intelligence support services (BISS) for U.S. border protection efforts. The protester alleges that the agency conducted misleading discussions with regard to its costs, and that the agency's evaluation of the awardee's technical proposal was flawed. We sustain the protest.



B-413382.2, HP Enterprise Services, LLC, November 30, 2016

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:00:00 -0500

HP Enterprise Services, LLC (HPES), of Herndon, Virginia, protests the General Services Administration's (GSA) award of a task order to CACI, Inc., of Chantilly, Virginia, pursuant to task order request (TOR) No. ID1150045, to provide various information technology (IT) support services for the Department of Defense. We dismiss the protest because it is not within our jurisdiction.



B-413563,B-413563.2, Cyber Solutions & Services, Inc. (d/b/a American Cyber, Inc.), November 18, 2016

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:00:00 -0500

Cyber Solutions & Services, Inc., of Clifton, Virginia, doing business as American Cyber, Inc., protests the issuance of a task order to Rivera Consulting Group, of Sellersburg, Indiana, by the Department of the Army, under request for quotations (RFQ) No. W52P1J-15-R-0088, for support services to the Army's Program Executive Officer - Enterprise Information Systems. American Cyber, a small business concern, protests that the Army accepted a proposal that fails to comply with Federal Acquisition Regulation clause 52.219-14, Limitation on Subcontracting, and that the agency's best-value determination was flawed. We deny the protest.



B-413614.3,B-413614.5, Veteran Technologists Corporation, November 29, 2016

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

Veteran Technologists Corporation (VTC) of Baltimore, Maryland, protests the decision by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) not to award a contract to the firm under request for proposals (RFP) No. HSHQDC-14-R-00009 for Program Management, Administrative, Operations (Clerical) and Technical Services (PACTS II). The protester challenges the agency's evaluation of VTC's corporate experience and past performance. We deny the protest.



B-413104.5,B-413104.6, AttainX, Inc.; FreeAlliance.com, LLC, November 10, 2016

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

AttainX, Inc., of Lynchburg, Virginia, and FreeAlliance.com, LLC, of Washington, DC, protest the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH)'s exclusion of the protesters' proposals from further consideration under request for proposals (RFP) No. NIHJT2016015, for information technology (IT) supplies and services. The protesters argue that the agency's exclusion of their proposals, based on failure to submit specific verification of an adequate cost accounting system for all contractor team arrangement (CTA) members, amounted to a non-responsibility determination that should have been referred to the Small Business Administration (SBA) under SBA's certificate of competency (COC) procedures. We deny the protests.



B-413758.2,B-413758.3, Analytic Strategies LLC; Gemini Industries, Inc., November 28, 2016

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

Analytic Strategies LLC, of Vienna, Virginia, and Gemini Industries, Inc., of Burlington, Massachusetts, protest the exclusion of their proposals from further consideration under task order request (TOR) number GSC-QF0B-16-32998, issued by the General Services Administration (GSA), for mission support services for the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency (JIDA). We dismiss the protests because they are not within our jurisdiction.



GAO-17-212R, Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service: Treatment of Certain Interests in Corporations as Stock or Indebtedness, November 09, 2016

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

GAO reviewed the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) new rule on the treatment of certain interests in corporations as stock or indebtedness. GAO found that (1) the final rule establishes threshold documentation requirements that must be satisfied in order for certain related-party interests in a corporation to be treated as indebtedness for federal tax purposes and treat as stock certain related-party interests that otherwise would be treated as indebtedness for federal tax purposes; and (2) with the exception of the 60-day delay in effective date requirement, IRS complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.



B-413489.2,B-413490.2,B-413491.2,B-413492.2,B-413493.2,B-413494.2,B-413495.2, Nationwide Pharmaceutical LLC--Reconsideration, November 25, 2016

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

Nationwide Pharmaceutical, LLC (NWP), a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB), of San Antonio, TX, requests reconsideration of our August 18, 2016 decision dismissing its protest of the award of a blanket purchase agreement and issuance of six purchase orders to another offeror by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), under request for quotations (RFQ) No. VA69D-16-Q-0351 for pharmacy management and prescription services. NWP contends that our Office erred in dismissing its protest as untimely because of a change in legal requirements that occurred after the ordinary time for filing a protest. We deny the request for reconsideration.



GAO-17-203R, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles--Phase 2, November 10, 2016

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) new rule on greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty engines and vehicles--Phase 2. GAO found that (1) the final rule (a) establishes a comprehensive Phase 2 Heavy-Duty National Program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel consumption from new on-road medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and engines; (b) includes separate standards for the engines that power combination tractors and vocational vehicles; (c) includes certain EPA-specific provisions relating to control of emissions of pollutants other than GHGs; and (2) EPA and NHTSA complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.



GAO-17-206R, Environmental Protection Agency: Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Update for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS, November 10, 2016

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new rule on the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Update for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). GAO found that (1) the final rule (a) addresses interstate transport of ozone pollution with respect to the 2008 ozone NAAQS; (b) benefits human health and welfare by reducing ground-level ozone pollution; (c) reduces ozone season emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOX) in 22 eastern states that can be transported downwind as NOX or, after transformation in the atmosphere, as ozone, and can negatively affect air quality and public health in downwind areas; (d) partially addresses the EPA's obligation under the Clean Air Act to promulgate Federal Implementation Plans to address interstate emission transport for the 2008 ozone NAAQS; and (e) updates the status of certain states' outstanding interstate ozone transport obligations with respect to the 1997 ozone NAAQS, for which the original Cross-State Air Pollution Rule provided a partial remedy; and (2) EPA complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.



GAO-17-199R, Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule, November 07, 2016

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

GAO reviewed the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) new rule on the establishment of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services fee schedule. GAO found that (1) the final rule adjusts the fee schedule for immigration and naturalization benefit requests processed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; and (2) DHS complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.



B-412608,B-412608.2, EFW Inc., April 07, 2016

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

EFW Inc., of Fort Worth, Texas, protests the award of an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ), contract to DRS ICAS, LLC, of Beavercreek, Ohio, by the Department of the Navy, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, under request for proposals (RFP) No. N00039-15-R-0030, for development, integration, test, support, and installation services for a Link 11 Data Terminal and Link 22 Signal Processing Control solution for the Navy's Command and Control Processor family of systems. EFW alleges that Navy conducted misleading discussions by failing to alert it to the actual area of the agency's concerns. EFW also alleges that the Navy's evaluation was unreasonable with regard to past performance and cost/price, and that the best-value decision was flawed. We sustain the protest.



B-413741, RELYANT Global, LLC, November 21, 2016

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

RELYANT Global, LLC, of Maryville, Tennessee, protests the award of a contract to Gear International, LLC, of Pensacola, Florida, under request for proposals (RFP) No. SP4510-16-R-0002, issued by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for equipment repair and maintenance services in Bagram and Kandahar, Afghanistan. The protester asserts that the agency's past performance evaluation and the resulting award decision were unreasonable. We deny the protest.



B-413166.6, Office Design Group, Inc.--Costs, November 17, 2016

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

Office Design Group, Inc., of Irvine, California, a small business, requests that our Office recommend that the Department of the Veterans Affairs reimburse the reasonable costs of filing and pursuing a protest of the award of Federal Supply Schedule blanket purchase agreements (BPA) to five vendors, under request for quotations (RFQ) No. VA119-16-Q-0072 for healthcare facility furniture and related services for Veterans Health Administration facilities in particular regions or nationwide. We dismissed the protest as academic based on agency corrective action. ODG argues that the VA failed to take prompt corrective action in response to a clearly meritorious protest. We deny the request.



B-413501,B-413501.2, Science Applications International Corporation, November 09, 2016

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), of McLean, Virginia, protests the award of a contract to Battelle Memorial Institute, of Columbus, Ohio, by the United States Special Operations Command under request for proposals (RFP) No. H92222-15-R-0037 for nonstandard commercial vehicles modified for special operations use. SAIC alleges that the agency's evaluation of proposals was unreasonable and that its decision not to conduct discussions was improper. We deny the protest.



B-412591.3, Xcellent Technology Solutions, LLC--Costs, November 14, 2016

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

Xcellent Technology Solutions (XTS), LLC, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business, of Haymarket, Virginia, requests that our Office recommend that it be reimbursed the costs associated with filing and pursuing its first protest (B-412591) and second protest (B-412591.2), which challenged the award of a contract to Cherokee Nation Technologies, Inc., a tribally-owned concern, of Catoosa, Oklahoma, by the Department of the Interior, United States Geological Survey (USGS), under request for proposals (RFP) No. G14PS00135, for science and technological support services. The protester argues that both protests were clearly meritorious and that the agency's corrective action in response to the first protest failed to address the issues raised in that protest, which required the protester to file its second protest. We deny the request.



B-407966.4, GiaCare and MedTrust JV, LLC, November 02, 2016

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

GiaCare and MedTrust JV, LLC (GiaMed), of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, protests the award of a contract to Global Dynamics, LLC, of Columbia, Maryland, under request for proposals (RFP) No. W81K04-12-R-0025, issued by the Department of the Army for registered nursing services for the San Antonio Military Healthcare System. The protester challenges the agency's evaluation of its proposal and Global Dynamics' proposal. We sustain the protest in part and deny it in part.



B-411691.4, Dorado Services, Inc., November 18, 2016

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

Dorado Services, Inc., of Sanford, Florida, protests the award of a contract to GEO International Management, LLC, of San Antonio, Texas, by the Department of the Air Force under request for proposals (RFP) No. FA3047-15-R-0011 for waste collection services. Dorado argues that GEO's proposal was facially non-compliant with the RFP's subcontracting limitations, making the proposal ineligible for award. We deny the protest.



B-413478.3, Alpha-Omega Change Engineering, Inc, November 14, 2016

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

Alpha-Omega Change Engineering, Inc. (Alpha), of Williamsburg, Virginia, protests the award of a contract to Sonoran Technology and Professional Services, LLC (Sonoran), of Goodyear, Arizona, by the Department of the Air Force under request for proposals (RFP) No. FA6800-16-R-0001 for contract aircrew training and courseware development (CAT/CWD). We deny the protest.



B-413389,B-413389.2, Jacobs Technology, Inc., October 18, 2016

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

Jacobs Technology, Inc. (JTI), of Tullahoma, Tennessee, protests the award of a contract to AS and D, LLC (AS&D), of Beltsville, Maryland, under request for proposals (RFP) No. FA9300-15-R-0001, issued by the Department of the Air Force for aerospace systems technical research and operations services (ASTROS), at Edwards Air Force Base, California. JTI argues that the agency's evaluation of offerors' proposals and resulting contract award decision were improper. We sustain the protest.



B-413573,B-413573.2,B-413573.3, Shearwater Systems LLC, November 16, 2016

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

Shearwater Systems LLC, of Manassas, Virginia, protests the award of a contract to BA-ZAI JV, of Rockville, Maryland, by the Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under request for proposals (RFP) No. DJA-15-AHDQ-R-0044 for information technology (IT) and related support services. Shearwater argues that the agency improperly evaluated BA-ZAI's proposal. We deny the protest.



B-411837.2,B-411837.3,B-411837.4,B-411837.5,B-411837.6,B-411837.7,B-411837.8,B-411837.9,B-411837.10, UnitedHealth Military & Veterans Services, LLC; WellPoint Military Care Corporation; Health Net Federal Services, LLC, November 09, 2016

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

UnitedHealth Military & Veterans Services, LLC (UnitedHealth M&V), of Minnetonka, Minnesota, WellPoint Military Care Corporation (WellPoint), of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Health Net Federal Services, LLC (Health Net), of Rancho Cordova, California, protest the Defense Health Agency's (DHA or agency) award of a contract to Humana Government Business, Inc. (Humana), of Louisville, Kentucky, pursuant to request for proposals (RFP) No. HT9402-15-R-0002 to provide managed care support services (MCS) for the Department of Defense (DOD) TRICARE program in the east region of the United States. UnitedHealth M&V also protests the agency's award of a contract to Health Net for TRICARE MCS services in the west region of the United States. The protesters challenge various aspects of the agency's evaluation and source selection process. We deny the protests.



B-413485,B-413485.2,B-413485.3, Kollsman, Inc., November 08, 2016

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

Kollsman, Inc., of Merrimack, New Hampshire, protests the award of a contract to Optics 1, Inc., of Bedford, New Hampshire, under request for proposals (RFP) No. W91CRB-14-R-0017, issued by the Department of the Army for laser target locator modules (LTLMs). Kollsman maintains that the agency misevaluated proposals and made an unreasonable source selection decision. We deny the protest.



B-412998, Ultra Electronics - 3 Phoenix, Inc., July 25, 2016

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

Ultra Electronics - 3 Phoenix, Inc. (UE3P), of Chantilly, Virginia, protests the award of a contract to L-3 Chesapeake Sciences Corporation (L3CSC), of Millersville, Maryland, under request for proposals (RFP) No. N00024-14-R-6202, issued by the Department of the Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), for production of the TB-34X fat line towed array and light weight tow cables. UE3P primarily challenges the agency's evaluation of its past performance and the agency's source selection decision. We deny the protest.