When Task Orders Exceed Your Contract
This bid protest, filed by Western Pilot Service (WPS) and three other contractors, protested the BLM’s issuance of a task order, which in the view of the protester exceeded the scope of the original IDIQ, and was therefore illegal. The back story to this protest is that the BLM originally issued to solicitations; one for on-call aircraft services for forest fire suppression and another solicitation for 100 day exclusive use aircraft services for the same purpose. The Department of interior originally awarded six contracts for 33 aircraft for the “exclusive use” solicitation. Evergreen, one of the protesters to the solicitation, which is the subject of this article, protested that award. The DUI took quick corrective action and quickly awarded to the same six contractors. Evergreen protested again and this time the DOI opted to cancel the solicitation.