Axiom Resource Mgt. Inc. – B-298870.3, B-208840.4 (July 12, 2007)
Contracting agency reasonably determined that the issuance of a task order to a vendor to provide program management support services to the TRICARE Acquisitions Directorate did not create an impermissible organizational conflict of interest (OCI) where the agency reviewed both existing and future support requirements, and concluded that no OCI exists for current support contracts, that any potential future OCIs can be mitigated and that the awardee here will be barred from competing as a prime contractor or subcontractor on future support contracts to provide healthcare benefits directly to TRICARE benefit recipients. In our view, once an agency has given meaningful consideration to potential conflicts of interest, our Office will not sustain a protest challenging a determination in this area unless the determination is unreasonable or unsupported by the record. Alion Science & Tech. Corp., B‑297022.4, B-297022.5, Sept. 26, 2006. A mitigation plan that includes a firewall may be sufficient to address an “unequal access to information” type OCI.