[Protest of DOE Contract Award for Advisory Services]

B-277738: Oct 20, 1997

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A firm protested a Department of Energy (DOE) contract award for advisory services for the evaluation of environmental restoration activities, contending that: (1) DOE misevaluated its project manager and applied unstated evaluation criteria; (2) DOE misevaluated its proposed other personnel; (3) DOE improperly evaluated its corporate experience and past performance; and (4) the awardee did not indicate in its bid which of the individuals listed were its employees and which were its subcontractor's employees; GAO held that: (1) DOE properly evaluated the protester's proposed project manager and did not apply unstated evaluation criteria; (2) DOE reasonably concluded that the protester failed to provide information needed to receive the maximum score for its proposed personnel; (3) the evaluation scheme employed by DOE was proper; (4) the awardee was not required to indicate firm affiliation for each individual listed in its proposal. Accordingly, the protest was denied.