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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.



B-414886,B-414886.2,B-414886.3, AT&T Corporation, October 05, 2017

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

AT&T Corporation (AT&T), of Oakton, Virginia, protests the issuance of a task order to CDW Government LLC (CDWG), of Vernon Hills, Illinois, under request for proposals (RFP) No. YA1323-17-LW-0001 issued by the Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau (USCB) for a mobile devices solution to support the 2020 Decennial Census. AT&T contends that the agency engaged in unequal discussions, conducted a flawed evaluation, and made an improper source selection decision. We sustain the protest.



B-329474, Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service: Mortality Tables for Determining Present Value Under Defined Benefit Pension Plans, October 13, 2017

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 13:00:00 -0400

GAO reviewed the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) new rule on mortality tables for determining present value under defined pension plans. GAO found that (1) the final rule (a) prescribes new mortality tables to be used by most defined benefit pension plans to calculate the present value of a stream of expected future benefit payments for purposes of determining the minimum funding requirements for a defined benefit plan as well as in determining the minimum required amount of a lump-sum distribution from such plan; and (b) updates requirements that a plan sponsor must meet to obtain IRS approval to use mortality tables specific to the plan for minimum funding purposes instead of using the generally applicable mortality tables; and (2) with the exception of the 60-day delay in effective date requirement, the IRS complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.



B-415009, Franzosini Sud S.R.L., October 27, 2017

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Franzosini Sud S.R.L., of Naples, Italy, protests its exclusion from the competitive range under request for proposals (RFP) No. S-IT700-17-R-0001, issued by the Department of State for shipping and packing services for United States diplomatic and consular posts in Italy. The protester challenges the agency's evaluation of its proposal. We deny the protest.



B-414995, Phoenics Corporation, October 27, 2017

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Phoenics Corporation, a small business located in Washington, D.C., protests the rejection of its quotation under request for quotations (RFQ) No. N40192-17-Q-7029, issued by the Department of the Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas, for a ground penetrating radar (GPR) unit. The protester contends that the Navy improperly determined that Phoenics' proposed GPR unit did not meet the solicitation's salient characteristics. We deny the protest.



B-415021, Point Blank Enterprises, Inc., October 16, 2017

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Point Blank Enterprises, Inc., (PBE) of Pompano Beach, Florida protests its exclusion from the competitive range under request for proposals (RFP) No. D17PS00345, issued by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for soft armor ballistic inserts. The protester argues that the agency unreasonably determined that PBE failed to submit the number of product demonstration models (PDMs) required by the solicitation. We deny the protest.



B-414770,B-414770.2,B-414770.3, ANHAM FZCO, September 14, 2017

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

ANHAM FZCO (ANHAM), of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the incumbent joint venture contractor, protests the award of a contract to PAE Government Services, Inc. (PAE), of Arlington, Virginia, under request for proposals (RFP) No. W56HZV-15-R-0139 issued by the Department of the Army, U.S. Army Materiel Command, for the National Maintenance Strategy (NMS) program in Afghanistan. We deny the protest.



B-414966,B-414966.2,B-414966.3, Kodiak Base Operations Services, LLC, October 20, 2017

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Kodiak Base Operations Services, LLC (KBOS), an 8(a) small business of Anchorage, Alaska, protests the award of a contract to Choctaw Defense Services, Inc. (CDS), an 8(a) small business of McAlester, Oklahoma, under Request for Proposals (RFP) No. HSCG84-16-R-PKC001, issued by the United States Coast Guard for base operation support services. The protester contends that the agency erred in evaluating CDS's experience and past performance, and that the agency unreasonably failed to refer the matter of CDS's size status to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for a size determination. We dismiss the protest.