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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.



B-415262,B-415262.2, Arch Systems, LLC; KEN Consulting, Inc., December 12, 2017

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

Arch Systems, LLC, of Baltimore, Maryland, and KEN Consulting, Inc., of Silver Spring, Maryland, protest the award of a contract to Capitol Bridge, LLC, of Arlington, Virginia, under request for proposals (RFP) No. CMS-2016-8A-0008, which was issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for workers' compensation review support services. The protesters argue that the agency unreasonably failed to permit offerors to make oral presentations and failed to conduct discussions. Additionally, Arch argues that the agency failed to reasonably evaluate the realism of Capitol Bridge's proposed price and that the differences between the offerors' proposed prices shows that they were not competing on a common basis. We deny the protests.



B-329628, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicaid Program; Final FY 2015 and Preliminary FY 2017 Disproportionate Share Hospital Allotments, and Final FY 2015 and Preliminary FY 2017 Institutions for Mental Diseases Disproportionate Share Hospital Limits, December 13, 2017

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

GAO reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) new rule on the Medicaid Program; Final FY 2015 and preliminary FY 2017 disproportionate share hospital (DSH) allotments, and final FY 2015 and preliminary FY 2017 institutions for mental diseases disproportionate share hospital limits. GAO found that (1) the notice (a) announces the final federal share DSH allotments for FY 2015 and the preliminary federal share DSH allotments for FY 2017; and (b) also announces the final FY 2015 and the preliminary FY 2017 limitations on aggregate DSH payments that states may make to institutions for mental disease and other mental health facilities; and (2) with the exception of the 60-day delay in effective date requirement, CMS complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.



B-415415, Horizon Strategies, December 21, 2017

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Horizon Strategies, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business of Winston Salem, North Carolina, protests the award of a contract to University of Virginia (UVA) under request for proposals (RFP) No. SP4703-17-R-0003, issued by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), to provide strategic thinking course instruction. The protester contends that the agency misevaluated its proposal and unreasonably concluded that it failed to satisfy the RFP requirements. We deny the protest.



B-329617, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and CY 2019 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements, December 11, 2017

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

GAO reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) new rule on Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and CY 2019 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements. GAO found that (1) the final rule (a) updates the home health prospective payment system payment rates and also updates the case-mix weights; (b) implements the third year of a 3-year phase-in of a reduction to the national, standardized 60-day episode payment to account for estimated case-mix growth; and (c) finalizes changes to the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model and to the Home Health Quality Reporting Program; and (2) with the exception of the 60-day delay in effective date requirement, CMS complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.



B-329618, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs, December 11, 2017

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 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's hospital outpatient prospective payment and ambulatory surgical center payment systems and quality reporting programs. GAO fount that (1) the final rule (a) revises the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center payment system for CY 2018 to implement changes arising from CMS's continuing experience with these systems; and (b) updates and refines the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program and the Quality Reporting Program; and (2) other than the 60-day delay requirement, CMS complied with requirements in promulgating the rule.



B-329619, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2018; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; and Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, December 11, 2017

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 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; revisions to payment policies under the physician fee schedule and other revisions to Part B for CY 2018; Medicare Shared Savings Program requirements; and the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program. GAO found that (1) the final rule (a) addresses changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) and other Medicare Part B payment policies such as changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, to ensure that CMS's payment systems are updated to reflect changes in medical practice and the relative value of services, as well as changes in the statute; and (b) includes policies that CMS stated are necessary to begin offering the expanded Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program model; and (2) with the exception of the 60-day delay in effective date requirement, CMS complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.



B-329620, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; CY 2018 Updates to the Quality Payment Program; and Quality Payment Program: Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstance Policy for the Transition Year, December 11, 2017

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

GAO reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) new rule on the Medicare Program; CY 2018 updates to the Quality Payment Program; and the Quality Payment Program: Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstance Policy for the Transition Year. GAO found that (1) the final rule (a) updates for the second and future years of the Quality Payment Program; and (b) includes an interim final rule with comment period that addresses extreme and uncontrollable circumstances MIPS eligible clinicians may face as a result of widespread catastrophic events affecting a region or locale in CY 2017; and (2) with the exception of the 60-day delay, CMS complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.



B-414259.6,B-414259.7, CAE USA, Inc., December 19, 2017

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

CAE USA, Inc., of Tampa, Florida, protests the award of a contract to URS Federal Services, Inc., of Germantown, Maryland, by the Department of the Army under request for proposals (RFP) No. W9124G-16-R-0004 for rotary wing flight training instructor support services. CAE challenges multiple aspects of the agency's evaluation and award decision. We deny the protest.



B-415388, IJC Corporation, December 19, 2017

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

IJC Corporation, of Windham, New Hampshire, protests the award of a contract to NorCom Integrated System, Inc., of Destin, Florida, under request for quotations (RFQ) No. R17PS01020, issued by the Department of the Interior to supply and install a diesel backup generator. The protester argues that the agency unreasonably evaluated its quotation and made an unreasonable source selection decision. We deny the protest.