[Protest of DOT Contract Award for Counseling Services]

B-222364: Jun 13, 1986

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A firm protested a Department of Transportation (DOT) contract award for counseling services, contending that: (1) at the same time DOT requested a best and final offer, it improperly requested an extension of the offer acceptance period; (2) DOT should resolicit its requirements using a sealed bidding procurement method; and (3) DOT should have considered the 10-point spread between its technical score and the awardee's technical score as a factor in the award determination. GAO found that: (1) DOT properly evaluated all the technical proposals and found them technically acceptable; (2) DOT informed offerers that the acceptance period extension was to prevent proposals from expiring during the final evaluation; (3) an offerer should not expect any further discussions after it submits its best and final offer; (4) DOT held cost discussions with the offerers prior to the request for best and final offers; (5) there were no technical deficiencies in any of the proposals that warranted discussions; (6) the protester's argument for a sealed procurement was untimely; and (7) when technical proposals are deemed essentially equal, price properly becomes the controlling factor in making an award. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.

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  • HBI-GF, JV
    We deny the protest.
    B-415036
  • Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc.
    We dismiss the protest because it raises a matter of contract administration over which we do not exercise jurisdiction.
    B-414410.4

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