VANCOUVER, B.C. – Mission Ready Services Inc. (TSX-V: MRS) – Mission Ready Services Inc. (“Mission Ready” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the United States Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) has released its decision in sustaining a protest filed by the Company’s subsidiary Protect The Force Inc. (“PTF”) contesting the contract awards under Solicitation W91CRB-15-R-0027 for the Ballistic Combat Shirt (“BCS”) issued by the US Army (“Agency”).
Highlights of the recent GAO decision:
- Sustains the PTF protest challenging the “US Army’s” evaluation of awardees’ technical proposals. GAO has determined that the BCS evaluation conducted by the US Army was not reasonable nor was it consistent with the solicitation’s evaluation criteria.
- Recommends that the US Army re-evaluate proposals and make new awards to firms with technically acceptable shirts or determine that lower minimum technical requirements are acceptable and conduct another solicitation.
- Recommends that PTF recover its protest filing and legal fees.
Further to the news release of December 07, 2015 announcing that the GAO had sustained Protect The Force’s protest, the GAO has released the following recommendations:
“We recommend that the Army either: (1) reasonably re-evaluate the proposals in accordance with the RFP as written, and make new source selection decisions; or (2) re-examine the RFP’s minimum requirements and evaluation criteria, to determine whether they accurately and unambiguously reflect the agency’s needs, and, if appropriate, amend the RFP, re-open discussions, obtain and evaluate revised proposals, and make new source selection decisions.
We also recommend that the protester be reimbursed its reasonable costs of filing and pursuing this protest, including attorneys’ fees.”
Mission Ready and PTF appreciates the decision and recommendations made by the GAO and stand ready to assist the US Army in ensuring its Soldiers will receive a high level of protection with the fielding of the BCS – at the lowest cost.
The Company states again that it has no assurances that it will receive an award or any financial benefit from the US Army as a result of the sustained protest and the Company awaits further action by the US Army in regards to the GAO recommendations.
About Mission Ready
MRSI’s mission is to save lives and enhance the performance of military personnel, first responders, and those who protect us by working to ensure they are equipped with the best possible personal protective equipment.
Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, MRSI has three distinct, synergistic operating divisions:
- Strategic consulting services and manufacturers representation
- Equipment inspection, cleaning/decontamination and repair services of personal protection equipment
- Product research and development
MRSI’s management team offers over 100 years of combined industry experience and is composed of industry experts in developing products, contracting, and selling to the federal government, first responders and tactical markets through open market procurements, teaming arrangements, and a variety of federal contract tools.
For further information, visit the Company’s website at MissionReady.ca or contact:
Terry Nixon – Director, Corporate Communications
Mission Ready Services Inc.
(signed “Rod Reum”)
President & CEO
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