Link: GAO Opinion
Agency: Department of the Army
Disposition: Protest denied.
General Counsel P.C. Highlight:
GAO denied the protest of Latvian Connection, LLC, regarding the terms of a request for proposals (RFP) issued by the Department of the Army for a video wall at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.
The solicitation was for a video wall consisting of a set of monitors with processing hardware and software. A number of errors occurred during the solicitation process. The agency posted the listing on a website used for publicizing solicitations aimed at local sources in Kuwait, although several postings were incomplete.
Latvian’s initial protest asserted that the agency failed to post the solicitation on the FedBizOpps website. After the agency decided to cancel the solicitation and re-solicit, Latvian filed a supplemental protest asserting that the agency improperly cancelled the solicitation to avoid resolution of Latvian’s initial protest. However, GAO concluded that the agency’s decision to cancel the solicitation was reasonable where the agency demonstrated that the cancellation occurred after the agency found a number of errors in the solicitation that would limit competition. For example, the solicitation was unavailable on the website for a four-day period, which the contracting officer found may have prevented offerors from having sufficient time to respond.