GAO rejects Timberline appeal of BLM contract award

GAO rejects Timberline appeal of BLM contract award 8 Aug, 17, Source: GAO

Timberline Helicopters, Inc., of Sandpoint, Idaho, requests reconsideration of our decision, Timberline Helicopters, Inc., B-414507, June 27, 2017, 2017 CPD, denying its protest challenging the terms of request for proposals (RFP) No. D17PS00157, issued by the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), for an exclusive use heavy size helicopter to transport qualified non-crewmembers and/or cargo in support of the agency’s natural resource missions. Timberline argued that the solicitation is defective because no helicopter can meet the solicitation requirements and comply with applicable Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations regarding the transport of qualified non-crewmembers. We denied the protest because the FAA provided BLM with clarification of its regulations confirming that BLM’s stated requirements were permissible under the applicable regulations. On reconsideration, the requester argues that the FAA has subsequently made representations calling into question the clarifications previously provided to BLM.

The request for reconsideration is denied because the new information relied upon by the requester fails to demonstrate any material error of fact or law in our prior decision that would warrant our reconsideration.

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