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B-414917, AeroSage, LLC, October 17, 2017

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

AeroSage, LLC, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business of Tampa, Florida, protests the terms of request for proposals (RFP) No. SPE600-17-R-0220, issued by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for the supply of fuels to various installations and facilities in the Northeastern region of the United States. The protester argues that DLA improperly failed to set aside the entire procurement for exclusive small business participation, and that the agency improperly sought a waiver of the small business nonmanufacturer rule from the Small Business Administration (SBA) only for a portion, rather than all, of the solicitation's line items. We deny the protest.



B-414962,B-414962.2, Owl, Inc.; MLB Transportation, Inc., October 17, 2017

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Owl, Inc., of St. Johns, Florida, and MLB Transportation, Inc., of Tucker, Georgia, protest the terms of request for proposals (RFP) No. VA247-17-R-0004, issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for wheelchair van transport services for the beneficiaries of the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center (AVAMC). Owl and MLB contend, in substantively identical protests, that the RFP scope of work is vague and that the pricing schedule does not fairly price trips to non-AVAMC destinations, among other grounds of protest. We deny the protests in part and dismiss them in part.



B-414890,B-414890.2, IPKeys Technologies, LLC, October 04, 2017

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

IPKeys Technologies, LLC, a small business, of Stafford, Virginia, protests the issuance of a task order to By Light Professional IT Services, Inc., a small business, of Arlington, Virginia, under request for proposals (RFP) No. GSMETI00031, which was issued by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), for engineering, transition, implementation, and sustainment support for video services. IPKeys primarily challenges the agency's evaluation of technical proposals. We deny the protest.



B-414802, Knight Point Systems, LLC, September 20, 2017

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Knight Point Systems, LLC (KPS), of Reston, Virginia, protests the terms of request for proposals (RFP) No. HC1028-16-R-0012, issued by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for communication infrastructure services. KPS contends that the RFP, as amended, is improper. We deny the protest.



B-414907, Equifax Information Services, LLC, October 16, 2017

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Equifax Information Services, LLC (Equifax), of Lanham, Maryland, the incumbent contractor, protests the establishment of a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) with Experian Information Solutions (Experian), of Costa Mesa, California, under request for quotations (RFQ) No. TIRNO-17-Q-00047 issued by the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), for taxpayer identity and verification services. Equifax challenges the agency's evaluation of the awardee's quotation. We deny the protest.



B-414900,B-414900.2,B-414900.3,B-414900.4, MSN Services, LLC, October 04, 2017

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

MSN Services, LLC, of New York, New York, protests the award of a contract to Flynn Jensen Company (FJC), of Gallatin, Tennessee, by the Department of Justice, United States Marshals Service, under request for quotations (RFQ) No. DJM-17-A44-Q-0014, issued to acquire vehicle towing, storage, maintenance and disposal services. MSN, the incumbent contractor, challenges various aspects of the agency's evaluation of quotations as well as the agency's source selection decision. We deny the protest.



B-414800,B-414800.2, Centerra Group, LLC, September 21, 2017

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Centerra Group, LLC, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, protests the award of a contract to SOC LLC of Chantilly, Virginia, under request for proposals (RFP) No. DE-SOL-0009373, issued by the Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), for protection services. Centerra challenges NNSA's price, technical, and past performance evaluations, as well as the agency's best-value determination and source selection decision. We deny the protest.



B-414899,B-414899.2, Daekee Global Company, Ltd., October 10, 2017

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Daekee Global Company, Ltd. (Daekee), of Busan, South Korea, protests the terms of request for proposals (RFP) No. N6264917R0257, issued by the Department of Navy for ship husbanding services. The protester primarily argues that the evaluation scheme set forth in the solicitation fails to evaluate offerors' technical capabilities or past performance, as the protester asserts is required by Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) part 15. We dismiss the protest because the protester has not established that it is an interested party.



B-414852, CTIS, Inc., October 03, 2017

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

CTIS, Inc., a small business of Rockville, Maryland, protests its exclusion from the competition under request for quotations (RFQ) No. D17PS00345, issued by the Department of the Interior for a task order for enterprise software support services. The protester argues that the agency improperly excluded its quotation for failing to respond to two Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) provisions that were included in the RFQ. The protester also contends that its quotation should have been evaluated as responding to all the solicitation's requirements. We deny the protest.



B-414591.2, Dawson Enterprises, LLC, July 24, 2017

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Dawson Enterprises, LLC, of Honolulu, Hawaii, protests the Department of the Navy's exclusion of its proposal from phase 2 of a two-phase design-build competition under request for proposals (RFP) No. N40192-16-R-2800, for construction projects on Guam. Dawson argues that the agency improperly evaluated its phase 1 proposal and unreasonably eliminated it from the competition.We deny the protest.



B-329429, Federal Reserve System: Restrictions on Qualified Financial Contracts of Systemically Important U.S. Banking Organizations and the U.S. Operations of Systemically Important Foreign Banking Organizations; Revisions to the Definition of Qualifying Master Netting Agreement and Related Definitions, October 02, 2017

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

GAO reviewed the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System's (the Board) new rule on restrictions on qualified financial contracts of systemically important U.S. banking organizations and the U.S. operations of systemically important foreign banking organizations and revisions to the definition of qualifying master netter agreement and related definitions. GAO found that (1) the final rule (a) imposes restrictions on U.S. top-tier bank holding companies identified by the Board as a global systemically important banking organization (GSIB), the subsidiaries of U.S. GSIB (other than national banks, federal savings associations, state nonmember banks, and state savings associations), and the U.S. operations of foreign GSIBs (other than national banks, federal savings associations, state nonmember banks, and state savings associations) with regard to the terms of their non-cleared qualified financial contracts (QFCs); and (b) amends certain definitions in the Board's capital and liquidity rules; and (2) the Board complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.



B-414301.3, CALIBRE Systems, Inc., September 20, 2017

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Calibre Systems, Inc., of Alexandria, Virginia, protests the award of a contract to Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. (BAH), of McLean, Virginia, under request for proposals (RFP) No. VA119A-16-R-0159, issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for support services to continue administration and program management for the VA's Transition Assistance Program (TAP). Calibre, the incumbent contractor, challenges the agency's evaluation of its own proposal and the award decision. We deny the protest.



B-414238.10, Evergreen Flying Services, Inc.--Costs, October 02, 2017

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Evergreen Flying Services, Inc., a small business of Rayville, Louisiana, requests that it be reimbursed the reasonable costs of filing and pursuing its protest of the award of six contracts under request for proposals (RFP) No. D16PS00182, which was issued by the Department of the Interior (DOI), Interior Business Center, for single engine air tanker (SEAT) flight services for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to support fire suppression operations in the contiguous 48 states. Evergreen maintains that reimbursement is warranted because the firm had to file subsequent protests due to the agency's failure to implement corrective action following the firm's initial protest. We deny the request.



B-414938, Draeger, Inc., September 21, 2017

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Draeger, Inc., of Telford, Pennsylvania, protests purchase order No. SPM2D1-09-D-8348, issued by the Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), to Datex-Ohmeda Inc. dba GE Healthcare (GE), of Madison, Wisconsin, for anesthesia machines. Draeger contends that the order exceeds the scope of GE's underlying indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract and that GE's anesthesia machines do not meet the required technical specifications. We dismiss the protest.



B-414773,B-414773.2, Leidos, Inc., September 12, 2017

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Leidos, Inc., of Reston, Virginia, protests the award of a contract to OptumHealth Care Solutions, Inc., of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, pursuant to request for proposals (RFP) No. HT0011-16-R-0040, which was issued by the Defense Health Agency (DHA) for global nurse advice line services. Leidos challenges the agency's evaluation and award decision. We deny the protest.



B-414772, Montage Inc., September 07, 2017

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Montage, Inc., of Washington, D.C., protests the rejection of the offer it submitted in response to request for task order proposals (RFTOP) No. DJF-16-R-0000016, issued by the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), for construction work at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Montage asserts that the agency improperly rejected its proposal for failing to provide a bid bond and the names of the subcontractors it planned to use.We deny the protest.



B-414787, McCann-Erickson USA, Inc., September 18, 2017

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

McCann-Erickson USA, Inc. (ME), of New York, New York, protests the elimination of its proposal from consideration under request for proposals (RFP) No. W9124D-16-R-0046, issued by the Department of the Army for advertising services. ME argues that the agency unreasonably eliminated its proposal without meaningfully evaluating it. We sustain the protest.



B-414719, Applied Research Solutions, August 28, 2017

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Applied Research Solutions (ARS), of Beavercreek, Ohio, protests the issuance of a task order to Oasis Systems, LLC, of Lexington, Massachusetts, under task order request for proposals (TORP) No. FA4890-16-R-0035, issued by the Department of the Air Force for Air Combat Command (ACC) Directorate of Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements and Assessments (A5/8/9) staff support services. The protester challenges the agency's evaluation of ARS' prices as unrealistically low and the subsequent exclusion of ARS' proposal from consideration for award. We deny the protest.



B-414558.2, Herai Alpha Construction--Costs, September 26, 2017

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Herai Alpha Construction, of Kabul, Afghanistan, requests that our Office recommend that it be reimbursed the costs associated with filing and pursuing its protest against the rejection of the offer it submitted in response to basic ordering agreement (BOA) request for proposals (RFP) No. SOL-306-16-000049, issued by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for emergency road services.We grant the request.



B-414999, The Severson Group, September 26, 2017

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0400

The Severson Group, of Carlsbad, California, protests the rejection of the firm's proposal as late by the Department of the Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, under request for proposals (RFP) No. N40085-17-R-0004 for custodial services. Severson argues that its proposal was timely submitted because the agency's subsequent amendments to the solicitation, which extended the date and time for receipt of proposals were confusing. We deny the protest.



B-414846,B-414930, W K Engineering International, Inc., September 26, 2017

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0400

W K Engineering International, Inc. (WKE), a small business located in Santa Clarita, California, protests the issuance of two purchase orders to AMI Industries, Inc., of Colorado Springs, Colorado, under request for quotations (RFQ) Nos. SPE4A7-17-T-C587 and SPE4A7-17-T-H699 (hereinafter the "C587 RFQ" and the "H699 RFQ" respectively), issued by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for pulley wheels associated with aircraft ejection seats. The protester challenges the agency's decision to restrict sources of supply for the pulley wheels to one approved source when WKE quoted a lower price and faster delivery schedule, and when WKE had previously provided the same part to the government. We dismiss the protests as untimely.



B-414410.3, Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc., September 20, 2017

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc., of San Diego, California, requests reconsideration of our decision, Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc., B-414410, B-414410.2, June 6, 2017, 2017 CPD ¶ 199, denying its protest of the Department of the Navy's issuance of a task order to URS Federal Services, Inc., of Germantown, Maryland, for engineering and technical support services under request for proposals (RFP) No. N00024-17-R-3019. We deny the request for reconsideration.



B-414766,B-414766.2, CR/ZWS LLC, September 13, 2017

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0400

CR/ZWS LLC, an 8(a) small business concern located in Merced, California, protests the award of a contract to PBP Management Group, LLC (PBP Management), an 8(a) small business concern located in Wichita, Kansas, under request for proposals (RFP) No. FA4621-17-R-0002, issued by the Department of the Air Force for integrated solid waste management services at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas. The protester contends that the awardee's proposal failed to comply with a material technical requirement and failed to comply with the applicable limitation on subcontracting requirement. The protester also challenges the agency's best-value tradeoff analysis. We sustain the protest in part and deny the protest in part.



B-413974.3, Synergy Solutions, Inc., June 15, 2017

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Synergy Solutions, Inc., (Synergy) of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a small business, protests the award of a contract by the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, under request for proposals (RFP) No. DE-SOL-0006736 to TUVA, LLC, of Herndon, Virginia, for services in support of the Office of Personnel and Facility Clearances at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Synergy challenges the agency's evaluation under the cost and non-cost factors, and maintains that the agency failed to conduct meaningful and equal discussions. We deny the protest.



B-328477, U.S. Department of Agriculture--Economy Act Transfers for Details of Personnel, September 26, 2017

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0400

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) violated the purpose statute, improperly augmented several of its appropriations, and potentially violated the Antideficiency Act when it obligated several of its appropriations for the expenses of separately funded USDA offices. Specifically, USDA improperly relied on the Economy Act to enter into interagency agreements, under which the agency obligated its appropriations for (1) Rural Development Salaries and Expenses, (2) Food and Nutrition Service, Nutrition Programs Administration, and (3) Office of Civil Rights, for personnel details that did not actually occur. Instead, these appropriations were used for the salaries and benefits of employees performing work for separately funded USDA offices. USDA improperly relied on the Economy Act as authority to transfer its appropriations. The agency violated the purpose statute when it did not use the correct appropriation for the salaries and benefits in question and improperly augmented the appropriations of these other USDA offices. If upon adjusting its accounts to charge the correct appropriations, USDA has incurred obligations in excess of those appropriations, the agency must report its Antideficiency Act violation(s).