[Protest of Military Sealift Command Determination to Operate and Maintain Ships]

B-230794: Jul 7, 1988

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A firm protested the Military Sealift Command's (MSC) decision not to contract for the operation and maintenance of five ships, contending that MSC: (1) underestimated in-house personnel costs; and (2) modified its estimate after receipt of initial bids to incorporate the results of an overtime usage study. GAO held that the protester failed to show that MSC: (1) acted fraudulently or in bad faith; and (2) made the modifications after initial bid receipt. Accordingly, the protest was denied.