B-403012.2,B-403012.3: Oct 21, 2010
Ferris Optical of Chatworth, California protests the issuance of a purchase order to db Hadley & Associates LLC (Hadley) of Venice, Florida, under request for quotations (RFQ) No. VA-262-10-RQ-0107, issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for eyeglass services. The protester argues that Hadley is ineligible for award because Hadley lacks the required experience, cannot satisfy the RFQ limitation on subcontracting requirement, does not qualify as a nonmanufacturer of eyeglasses, and its offered price was unreasonably low. Additionally, the protester challenges the agency's evaluation of its quotation. Subsequent to the filing of this protest, on September 24, 2010, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a decision that Hadley was not a small business concern and thus was ineligible for award under this solicitation. As a result of the SBA's decision, the VA decided to terminate for convenience the award to Hadley. The VA states that, since there were no other technically acceptable quotations, it decided to cancel the solicitation. Specifically, with regard to Ferris' quotation, the agency states that the quotation was unacceptable because the firms' opticians were not licensed.
We dismiss the protests because the agency is terminating the awardee's contract and canceling the solicitation.