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Improper Payments: Most Selected Agencies Improved Procedures to Help Ensure Risk Assessments of All Programs and Activities
GAO’s review of the 24 Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 (CFO Act) agencies’ fiscal years 2014 through 2016 agency financial reports (AFR) and performance and accountability reports (PAR) found that these agencies generally adhered to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) improper payment risk assessment reporting directives. However, GAO found instances of nonadherence…
General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $143,481,258 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the procurement of 22 low-rate initial production Lot 1 and 2 T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines for the CH-53K helicopter, including associated engine and programmatic support, logistics support, peculiar support equipment, and spares.
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.
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.
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During the 2017 fiscal year, we received 2,596 cases: 2,433 protests, 77 cost claims, and 86 requests for reconsideration. We closed 2,672 cases during the fiscal year, 2,471 protests, 107 cost claims, and 94 requests for reconsideration. Of the 2,672 cases closed, 256 were attributable to GAO’s bid protest jurisdiction over task orders. Enclosed for your information is a chart comparing bid protest activity for fiscal years 2013-2017.
Most Prevalent Grounds for Sustaining Protests
Of the protests resolved on the merits during fiscal year 2017, our Office sustained 17 percent of those protests. Our review shows that the most prevalent reasons for sustaining protests during the 2017 fiscal year were: (1) unreasonable technical evaluation…
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued to Congress its annual bid protest report. Of particular note, the report states that, “[o]f the protests resolved on the merits during fiscal year 2017, [GAO] sustained 17 percent of those protests.” By comparison, in fiscal year 2016, GAO sustained 22 percent of the protests resolved on the merits, and in fiscal year 2015, GAO sustained 15 percent of the protests resolved on the merits—a percentage that is in line with GAO’s historical protest “sustain rate” of approximately 10-12 percent.
Amid frustration with the notoriously slow procurement system, the Air Force created a new office to evaluate and oversee how it buys technology. And ‘colorless money’ that provides greater flexibility in how funds are spent is among the concepts being floated by its new chief.