Welcome to the weekly online journal focused entirely on GAO Bid Protests of Federal Government contract awards brought to you by the Government Contracts Practice Group at General Counsel, P.C.. This site will be updated at least once a week with analysis and summaries of the latest GAO Bid Protest decisions and information to help professionals and business owners make informed decisions on protesting a contract solicitation or award.

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HUBZone Archive

  • Link:         GAO Opinion Agency:    Department of the Air Force Disposition:  Protest denied. General Counsel P.C. Highlight: GAO denied the protest of Security Management and Integration, Inc. (SMI), based on the rejection of its proposal under a request for proposals (RFP), issued by the Department of...

    Security Management and Integration, B-407742, January 30, 2013

    Link:         GAO Opinion Agency:    Department of the Air Force Disposition:  Protest denied. General Counsel P.C. Highlight: GAO denied the protest of Security Management and Integration, Inc. (SMI), based on the rejection of its proposal under a request for proposals (RFP), issued by the Department of...

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  • Link: GAO Decision Protestor: Tennier Industries, Inc. Agency: Defense Logistics Agency; Small Business Administration Disposition: Protest Denied. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: Protest that Department of Defense agency improperly permitted Federal Prison Industries, Inc. (FPI) to participate in an Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small business set-aside...

    Tennier Industries, Inc., B-403943.2, June 29, 2012

    Link: GAO Decision Protestor: Tennier Industries, Inc. Agency: Defense Logistics Agency; Small Business Administration Disposition: Protest Denied. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: Protest that Department of Defense agency improperly permitted Federal Prison Industries, Inc. (FPI) to participate in an Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small business set-aside...

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  • Link: GAO Decision Protestor: NSR Solutions, Inc. Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Disposition: Protest Denied. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: Protest objecting to exclusion of proposal from competitive range is denied where agency reasonably determined that proposal failed to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of, and sound...

    NSR Solutions, Inc., B-406337, B-406337.2, April 18, 2012

    Link: GAO Decision Protestor: NSR Solutions, Inc. Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Disposition: Protest Denied. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: Protest objecting to exclusion of proposal from competitive range is denied where agency reasonably determined that proposal failed to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of, and sound...

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  • Link: GAO Opinion Agency: Department of the Army Disposition: Protest sustained in part, denied in part. Keywords: HUBZone Price Preference General Counsel P.C. Highlight: In a procurement not set aside for HUBZone companies, that procuring agency shall give offers from HUBZone small business concerns a price...

    Explo Systems, Inc., B-404952; B-404952.2, July 8, 2011

    Link: GAO Opinion Agency: Department of the Army Disposition: Protest sustained in part, denied in part. Keywords: HUBZone Price Preference General Counsel P.C. Highlight: In a procurement not set aside for HUBZone companies, that procuring agency shall give offers from HUBZone small business concerns a price...

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  • Link: GAO Opinion Agency: Defense Commissary Agency Disposition: Protest sustained. Keywords: HUBZone Program Priority General Counsel P.C. Highlight: Under the law in effect at the time, the SBA’s HUBZone program had priority over all other programs (including 8(a) program and SDVO Program) for purposes of deciding...

    Rice Services, Inc., B-402966.2, September 16, 2010

    Link: GAO Opinion Agency: Defense Commissary Agency Disposition: Protest sustained. Keywords: HUBZone Program Priority General Counsel P.C. Highlight: Under the law in effect at the time, the SBA’s HUBZone program had priority over all other programs (including 8(a) program and SDVO Program) for purposes of deciding...

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  • Link: GAO Opinion Agency: Department of the Air Force Disposition: Protest sustained. Keywords: HUBZone Priority General Counsel P.C. Highlight: Despite the Department of Justice’s recommendation to the contrary, GAO finds that the HUBZone Small Business Program has priority over all other SBA programs such as the...

    DGR Associates, Inc., B-402494, May 14, 2010

    Link: GAO Opinion Agency: Department of the Air Force Disposition: Protest sustained. Keywords: HUBZone Priority General Counsel P.C. Highlight: Despite the Department of Justice’s recommendation to the contrary, GAO finds that the HUBZone Small Business Program has priority over all other SBA programs such as the...

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  • Link: U.S. Court of Federal Claims Opinion Agency: U.S. Army Disposition: Protest sustained. Keywords: HUBZone Set-Aside General Counsel P.C. Highlight: Court rules that the Contracting Officer must first decide whether an award can be made under the HUBZone program before making award of the contract...

    Mission Critical Solutions v. United States, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, No. 09-864-C, March 2, 2010

    Link: U.S. Court of Federal Claims Opinion Agency: U.S. Army Disposition: Protest sustained. Keywords: HUBZone Set-Aside General Counsel P.C. Highlight: Court rules that the Contracting Officer must first decide whether an award can be made under the HUBZone program before making award of the contract...

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  • Link:         GAO Opinion Agency:    Department of Energy Disposition:  Protest denied. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: Protest that solicitation for facilities support services should have been set aside for historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone) businesses is denied, where agency reasonably determined from market research, past procurement history, consultation...

    Family Entertainment Services, Inc., B-401693; B-401693.2, October 20, 2009

    Link:         GAO Opinion Agency:    Department of Energy Disposition:  Protest denied. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: Protest that solicitation for facilities support services should have been set aside for historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone) businesses is denied, where agency reasonably determined from market research, past procurement history, consultation...

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  • Link:   GAO Opinion Agency:          Small Business Administration Disposition:  Request denied. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: 1. Request for reconsideration from the Small Business Administration (SBA), arguing that our Office exceeded its statutory grant of authority to decide bid protests when we concluded in Mission Critical Solutions, B-401057,...

    Small Business Administration–Reconsideration, B-401057.2, July 6, 2009

    Link:   GAO Opinion Agency:          Small Business Administration Disposition:  Request denied. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: 1. Request for reconsideration from the Small Business Administration (SBA), arguing that our Office exceeded its statutory grant of authority to decide bid protests when we concluded in Mission Critical Solutions, B-401057,...

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  • Link:   GAO Opinion Agency:          Department of the Army Disposition:  Protest sustained. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: Protest is sustained where contracting agency did not consider whether two or more qualified Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small businesses could be expected to submit offers and whether award could...

    Mission Critical Solutions, B-401057, May 4, 2009

    Link:   GAO Opinion Agency:          Department of the Army Disposition:  Protest sustained. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: Protest is sustained where contracting agency did not consider whether two or more qualified Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small businesses could be expected to submit offers and whether award could...

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