GSA says no to Qwest's protest of award

GSA says no to Qwest's protest of award

The General Services Administration has denied a protest by Qwest Communications International Corp. challenging the agency's award of contracts extending the FTS 2000 program.

GSA in December awarded the bridge contracts to AT&T Corp. and Sprint Corp. when it was apparent the old contracts would expire before transition to the new FTS 2001 program was complete. Qwest alleged in an agency-level protest that GSA violated procurement law in not opening the contracts to full competition.

Qwest's allegations 'really boil down to the contention that the agency's action ... was unreasonable and without a rational basis,' GSA protest officer Donald J. Suda wrote in his March 12 decision. 'This is simply incorrect.'

Suda also ruled that Qwest had no standing to protest.

'William Jackson

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