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Pre-Award Bid Protest Rejected in Savantage Fin. Servs., Inc. v. US

In Savantage Fin. Servs., Inc. v. US, No. 09-5076, the Federal Circuit dealt with the plaintiff's pre-award bid protest challenging the terms of a request for proposals from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), arguing that the requirements unduly restricted full and open competition in violation of Competition in Contracting Act.

As stated in the decision: "Whether an agency's explanation for its bid proposal requirements is reasonable depends on the particular circumstances of each case, in this case, we find nothing unreasonable in the means DHS has devised to improve its likelihood of success in obtaining the agency-wide financial system that it has pursued, so far unsuccessfully, for more than six years."

Thus, the court held that DHS had a rational basis for requiring integrated financial, acquisition, and asset management system that is currently fully operational within the federal government. 

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