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TSA Snared in GAO Protest Jurisdiction

March 19, 2010

In General Dynamics One Source, LLC, GAO rejected TSA's jurisdictional challenge, holding that Congress revoked TSA's exemption from GAO protests effective June 22, 2008, and that TSA's Phase II solicitation issued in December 2008 could not relate back to the exemption that previously existed for the Phase I competition. On the merits, GAO sustained the protests due to TSA's failure to evaluate price realism when (1) the awardee proposed mismatched staffing approaches in the technical and cost proposals, and (2) the awardee's proposed staffing depended upon hiring incumbent staff at rates well below current incumbent salaries.

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