Incumbency has no privileges.An incumbent contractor has no right to compete for a follow-on contract under GSA (1) (Global mobile Suppliers Association, Sawbridgeworth, U.K., www.gsacom.com) A membership organization of suppliers of GSM products and services. Its goal is to promote GSM as the worldwide mobile communications standard. See GSM Association and GSM. schedules, the Government Accountability Office The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is the audit, evaluation, and investigative arm of the United States Congress, and thus an agency in the Legislative Branch of the United States Government. has ruled.
GAO said the buying agency can satisfy competition requirements by soliciting quotations from at least three contractors and is not required to solicit the incumbent.
The ruling arose from a protest by Allmond & Co., which had been providing accounting support for the Drug Enforcement Administration The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was established in 1973 by President richard m. nixon as part of the Justice Department, thus uniting a number of federal drug agencies that had often worked at cross-purposes. under a blanket purchase agreement since 2001.
When DEA DEA - Data Encryption Algorithm issued an RFQ for a new blanket purchase agreement in September, it solicited quotations from five GSA schedule contractors, not including Allmond. After receiving two bids, the agency awarded the BPA BPA British Paediatric Association. to Bradson Corp.
In denying Allmond's protest, GAO said, "The applicable statute and regulations simply do not require an agency to solicit the incumbent (Federal Supply Schedule) contractor."
The case is Matter of: Allmond & Company, File: B-298946.