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Keven Barnes

From: Sent: To: Cc: Subject: Attachments: Keven Barnes [keven.barnes@latvianconnectionllc.com] Thursday, February 21, 2013 6:18 PM 'Crosby Matthew T'; 'crosbym@gao.gov.rpost.org' 'Schiavetti, Anthony F CPT USARMY HQDA OTJAG (US)'; 'Mann Eyester, Laura' RE: Registered: B-407972.1, .2; Protest of Latvian Connection LLC; Resolution of Request for Dismissal (UNCLASSIFIED) RE: B-407391.2 - Protest of the Small Business Administration - Request to Dismiss (UNCLASSIFIED); B-407391.2 - Protest of the Small Business Administration - Request to Dismiss (UNCLASSIFIED); LatvianRedacted.pdf; FAX201212200920.PDF; United States and Kuwait Sign Trade and Investment Framework Agreement _ Off.pdf; Postal Operations Service - FA4889-13-R-0005 -FBO SOLE SOURCE FOR KUWAIT 8a SET-ASIDE.pdf; S-Utilities for accompany and unaccompany Government personnel - W912D2-13- QATAR sole source.pdf

Mr.Crosby, LatvianConnectionLLC'sevaluationoflocalmarketsourcesshowedoftheVideoWallwasthat thevalueoftheprojectwouldexceed$150,000andasetasidewasnotsought.However, LatvianConnectionLLCisaSmallBusinessthatiscoveredundertheSmallBusinessAct.By LatvianConnectionLLCbeingaVeteranOwnedbusinessandFAR5.201statesthat: 5.201General. (a)AsrequiredbytheSmallBusinessAct(15U.S.C.637(e))andtheOfficeofFederal ProcurementPolicyAct(41U.S.C.416),agenciesmustmakenoticesofproposedcontract actionsavailableasspecifiedinparagraph(b)ofthissection. (b)(1)Foracquisitionsofsuppliesandservices,otherthanthosecoveredbytheexceptions in5.202andthespecialsituationsin5.205,thecontractingofficermusttransmitanotice totheGPE,foreachproposed (i)Contractactionmeetingthethresholdin5.101(a)(1); (ii)Modificationtoanexistingcontractforadditionalsuppliesorservicesthat meetsthethresholdin5.101(a)(1);or (iii)ContractactioninanyamountwhenadvantageoustotheGovernment. (2)Whentransmittingnoticesusingelectroniccommerce,contractingofficersmust ensurethenoticeisforwardedtotheGPE. (c)Theprimarypurposesofthenoticearetoimprovesmallbusinessaccesstoacquisition informationandenhancecompetitionbyidentifyingcontractingandsubcontracting opportunities. (d)TheGPEmaybeaccessedviatheInternetathttp://www.fedbizopps.gov. LatvianConnectionLLCbelievesthatsolicitationsshouldbepostedonwww.fbo.govasitis theonlyapprovedGPEintheFAR.www.usmilitarycontracting.comisacommercialsiteandis NOTsubjecttoFreedomofInformationActrequests.(2)saysthatthenoticesshouldbe forwardedtotheGPE.Andworseisthatthesitedoesn'ttimeanddatestampsolicitations andnowdoesn'tappeartoevenfunction.Thesitedoesn'tmeettherequirementsofbeingthe GPEdiscussedin5.201. And2(c)saysthattheprimarypurposeofthenoticearetoimprovesmallbusinessaccess toacquisitioninformationandenhancecompetitionforidentifyingcontractingand subcontractingopportunities.CampArifjancontractingofficeisnotcomplyingwithFAR5.201 inregardstoknowingthatLatvianConnectionLLCisaSmallBusinessandnotcomplyingwith setasideswhenthevaluedoesfallbetween$3,000to$150,000.
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Todate,theCampArifjanContractingCommander,LTCScuterihasignoredrequestsunderFAR 5.102forcopiesofsolicitationsnotelectronicallypostedandcontinuetocircumventthe CompetitioninContractingAct. LatvianConnectionLLChasbeencontinuallydeniedopportunitiestobidoncontractsdueto CampArifjan'songoingconcealmentofsolicitationsandactionsexactlylikewhathas occurredwiththissolicitationandtheother2solicitationsthatCampArifjancancelledas apretexttonotansweraGAOReport. LatvianConnectionLLCdoesn'tseethatFAR5.201referstoanysetaside,itreferstoSmall Businessesandtheopportunitiesforthemtohavevisibilityonsolicitations.TheSimplified AcquisitionThresholdforCampArifjanfarexceedsthe$150,000markandtheissuein referencetothisisthatCampArifjancontractingofficersshouldbepostingsolicitations ontheGPE(www.fbo.gov).FAR5.201isthelegalgroundsthattheArmydonotseemstobe seeingintheProtestforLatvianConnectionLLCasalegalbasistoexpectthattheArmy willpostitssolicitationsandlinkthemtotheapprovedGPE. TheGAOdidntdecideGAOB407391W912D112T0070LAMsbecausethatsolicitationtoowas allowedtobedismissedbyCounselSusanA.Poling,NotMr.Briones,afteryetanother pretextcancellationofthesolicitationbyCampArifjanasatacticthatisrecognizedby theSmallBusinessAdministrationasawaytoescapetheGAOProtestDecisionbecausethe Armyrelyonthedismissalduetoitbeingrenderedacademic,whenitismerelyapretext. Therequirementexists. November8,2012 SBAAttorneyLauraMannEysterfiledresponsefortheSmall BusinessAdministration December15,2012 Armycancelsolicitation Wednesday,January09, ArmyrequestdismissalofB407391basedoncancellationof 20139:48AM solicitationbyCounselSusanA.Poling LatvianConnectionLLCbelievesthattherearelegalopinionsoftheSmallBusiness AdministrationmadebytheirattorneythatareapplicabletothisGAOProtestinregardsto SmallBusiness.SpecificallyintheemailRE:B407391.2ProtestoftheSmallBusiness AdministrationRequesttoDismissGAO'sdismissalinLatvianConnectionLLC,B407391, Dec.12,2012hascreatedprecedentthatSBAbelievesiscontraryto15(j)oftheSmall BusinessAct, TheSBAbelievestheSmallBusinessActdoesapplyoverseasandLatvianConnectionLLCwould liketosubmittheseemailsfromtheSBAattorneysincetheGAOstillhasnotreferredthis GAOProtesttotheSmallBusinessAdministrationofficiallyandwouldlikethelegalopinions expressedbytheSBAtobeappliedtoGAOB407972.1astheyrefertotheSmallBusinessAct andFAR5.201. TheArmycontinuallytrytoavoidcomplyingwiththeCompetitioninContractingActbyciting FAR5.202(a)(12) InFebruary2004,theUnitedStatesandKuwaitsignedaFreeTradeAgreement,soitwould seemthatanexceptionfortheDepartmentofDefenseDOESNOTAPPLY.Further,Latvian ConnectionLLCisaLocalSourceandLatvianConnectionLLChasNEVERbeenapproachedbyCamp ArifjanasaLocalSource. LatvianConnectionLLCbelievesthattheapprovedGPEwww.fbo.govcouldbeutilizedbyCamp ArifjanandthatthecontractingofficerscancitethatonlyLOCALSOURCESwillbeusedjust thewaythattheArmypostsolesourcesonwww.fbo.govandcite FAR 6.302-1 - Only one responsible source ( ATTACHED SOLE SOURCE ) which was posted on www.fbo.gov by Camp Arifjans 408th operating in Qatar.
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The other sole source attached is to demonstrate that a Section 8a was sole sourced for performance of a contract overseas for the Air Force, another Department of Defense Agency, and this contract has performance in Kuwait. Why is the Air Force complying with posting solicitations on www.fbo.gov and the Army contracting officers at Camp Arifjan are not ? 5.202 Exceptions. The contracting officer need not submit the notice required by 5.201 when (a) The contracting officer determines that (1) The synopsis cannot be worded to preclude disclosure of an agencys needs and such disclosure would compromise the national security (e.g., would result in disclosure of classified information). The fact that a proposed solicitation or contract action contains classified information, or that access to classified matter may be necessary to submit a proposal or perform the contract does not, in itself, justify use of this exception to synopsis; (2) The proposed contract action is made under the conditions described in 6.302-2 (or, for purchases conducted using simplified acquisition procedures, if unusual and compelling urgency precludes competition to the maximum extent practicable) and the Government would be seriously injured if the agency complies with the time periods specified in 5.203; (3) The proposed contract action is one for which either the written direction of a foreign government reimbursing the agency for the cost of the acquisition of the supplies or services for such government, or the terms of an international agreement or treaty between the United States and a foreign government, or international organizations, has the effect of requiring that the acquisition shall be from specified sources; (4) The proposed contract action is expressly authorized or required by a statute to be made through another Government agency, including acquisitions from the Small Business Administration (SBA) using the authority of section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (but see 5.205(f)), or from a specific source such as a workshop for the blind under the rules of the Committee for the Purchase from the Blind and Other Severely Handicapped; (5) The proposed contract action is for utility services other than telecommunications services and only one source is available; (6) The proposed contract action is an order placed under Subpart 16.5; (7) The proposed contract action results from acceptance of a proposal under the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982 (Pub. L. 97-219); (8) The proposed contract action results from the acceptance of an unsolicited research proposal that demonstrates a unique and innovative concept (see 2.101) and publication of any notice complying with 5.207 would improperly disclose the originality of thought or innovativeness of the proposed research, or would disclose proprietary information associated with the proposal. This exception does not apply if the proposed contract action results from an unsolicited research proposal and acceptance is based solely upon the unique capability of the source to perform the particular research services proposed (see 6.3021(a)(2)(i)); (9) The proposed contract action is made for perishable subsistence supplies, and advance notice is not appropriate or reasonable; (10) The proposed contract action is made under conditions described in 6.302-3, or 6.302-5 with regard to brand name commercial items for authorized resale, or 6.302-7, and advance notice is not appropriate or reasonable; (11) The proposed contract action is made under the terms of an existing contract that was previously synopsized in sufficient detail to comply with the requirements of 5.207 with respect to the current proposed contract action; (12) The proposed contract action is by a Defense agency and the proposed contract action will be made and performed outside the United States and its outlying areas, and only local sources will be solicited. This exception does not apply to proposed contract actions covered by the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement or a Free Trade Agreement (see Subpart 25.4); (13) The proposed contract action (i) Is for an amount not expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold; (ii) Will be made through a means that provides access to the notice of proposed contract action through the GPE; and (iii) Permits the public to respond to the solicitation electronically; or
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(14) The proposed contract action is made under conditions described in 6.302-3 with respect to the services of an expert to support the Federal Government in any current or anticipated litigation or dispute. (b) The head of the agency determines in writing, after consultation with the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, that advance notice is not appropriate or reasonable. BestRegards, KevenL.Barnes CEO MSgt(USAF)Ret. UnitedStates5309993322 Mobile(Kuwait)0096550122072 keven.barnes@LatvianConnectionLLC.com www.LatvianConnectionLLC.com CAGE:SGM59 DUNS:534749622 CALIFORNIA DUNS830587791 CAGE5GLB3 OriginalMessage From:Schiavetti,AnthonyFCPTUSARMYHQDAOTJAG(US) [mailto:anthony.f.schiavetti.mil@mail.mil] Sent:Thursday,February21,201312:52AM To:CrosbyMatthewT Cc:keven.barnes@latvianconnectionllc.com;Schiavetti,AnthonyFCPTUSARMYHQDAOTJAG(US) Subject:RE:Registered:B407972.1,.2;ProtestofLatvianConnectionLLC;Resolutionof RequestforDismissal(UNCLASSIFIED) Classification:UNCLASSIFIED Caveats:NONE Mr.Crosby: TheArmyseeksclarificationonthescopeoftheresponserequested bytheGAOtothesubjectprotestandsupplementalprotest.Theprotest doesnotclearlyandconsistentlylistgroundsofprotest,andcontains inconsistentsectionslabeled"FactualGroundsofProtest"and"Legal GroundsofProtest,"aswellasinconsistentprayersforrelief.TheArmy intendstorespondtotheissuesregardingsitevisits,thelengthoftime availableforresponse,andthepostingofthesolicitationon usmilitarycontracting.comratherthanFedBizOpps,astheseareconsistently assertedthroughout.Inaddition,theArmywill,asdirected,respondto thesupplementalprotestallegingthatthesolicitationwascancelledasa pretext.Othercomplaintsarealludedtoorassertedinpassing,andare notclearlyraisedinthisprotest. Ofparticularconcernisthepenultimatesentenceontheeleventh andfinalpageoftheprotest.Forthefirsttimeintheprotest,this sentenceappearstorequestthatthissolicitationbesetasideforsmall
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businessconcerns.Nolabeledlegalorfactualprotestgroundcitesthe decisionnottosetasideforsmallbusiness,however.Asyoumaybeaware, apreviousGAOprotestbyLatvianConnectionLLC,B407391,involvedanother decisionnottosetasideaprocurementforsmallbusinessconcernsbasedon theFARexclusionat19.000(b).Inthatcase,theSmallBusiness AdministrationwascalleduponbytheGAOattorney,Mr.PedroBriones,to comment,andtheSBArespondedinalengthybriefontheextraterritorial applicationoftheSmallBusinessAct, whichpromptedalengthyresponsefromtheArmy.TheGAOultimatelydidnot decidetheissue,dismissingtheprotestonthatissueforafailureto stateavalidbasisofprotest(pleaseseetheattacheddecisionbytheGAO inthatcase). TheArmydoesnotbelievethisissuetohavebeenproperlyraisedin thisprotest,asitwasmerelymentionedinpassinginoneofseveral prayersforrelief,andnotlistedamongtwosectionslistinggroundsof protest.Also,theArmynotesthatitappearsthattheGAOhasnotyet askedtheSBAtocomment,asitdidinthepreviousprotest.However,we askthatyoupleaseclarifyiftheGAObelievesthisissuetobeproperly raised.Ifso,theArmyispreparedtorespondasdirected.Thankyou. VeryRespectfully, AnthonyF.Schiavetti Captain,U.S.Army TrialAttorney TrialTeamIII Contract&FiscalLawDivision U.S.ArmyLegalServicesAgency 9275GunstonRoad FortBelvoir,VA220605546 Email:anthony.f.schiavetti.mil@mail.mil Tele:(703)6931223DSN3122231223 Fax:(703)8060655 Thisemail,andanyattachmentsthereto,isintendedonlyforusebythe addressee(s)namedhereinandmaycontainlegallyprivilegedand/or confidentialinformation.Ifyouarenottheintendedrecipientofthis email,youarenotifiedthatanydissemination,distributionorcopyingof thisemail,andanyattachmentsthereto,isstrictlyprohibited.Ifyou havereceivedthisemailinerror,pleasenotifymebytelephoneand permanentlydeleteanyprintoutofthemessage,theoriginalandanycopyof theemail.AttorneyClientPrivilege,AttorneyWorkProduct,DoNotCopy, DoNotForward,DoNotReleaseUnderFOIA. OriginalMessage From:CrosbyM@gao.gov[mailto:CrosbyM@gao.gov] Sent:Tuesday,February19,201311:05AM To:keven.barnes@latvianconnectionllc.com;Schiavetti,AnthonyFCPTUSARMY HQDAOTJAG(US) Subject:Registered:B407972.1,.2;ProtestofLatvianConnectionLLC; ResolutionofRequestforDismissal ThisisaRegisteredEmailRmessagefromCrosbyMatthewT. ____________________________________________________________________________
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____________ Mr.BarnesandCaptainSchiavetti: GAOhasconsideredtheAgency'sFebruary13requestfordismissalaswellas theProtester'sFebruary15responsethereto.Atthistime,theAgency's requestisdenied. GAOexpectstheAgencytofileareportthatrespondsbothtotheinitial protest,aswellasthesupplementalprotestthatthesolicitationwas cancelledasapretext.TheduedateforthereportisFriday,March1. MattCrosby MatthewT.Crosby SeniorAttorney UnitedStatesGovernmentAccountabilityOfficecrosbym@gao.gov (202)5126837(tel.) (202)5129749(fax) ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________ FormoreinformationabouttheRPostRRegisteredEmailRservicevisit www.rpost.com Classification:UNCLASSIFIED Caveats:NONE