[Protests of HUD Contract Award for Property Management]

B-253614.2,B-253614.3,B-253614.5,B-253734: Nov 29, 1993

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Three firms protested a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) contract award for real estate management services, contending that HUD improperly favored the awardee in its bid evaluation and award decision. GAO held that: (1) HUD did not adequately support its technical evaluation with documents showing or explaining how evaluators rated the bids; (2) there was no evidence to support the allegation that a HUD official improperly exerted his influence over the evaluation and selection decision; (3) the awardee was not required to obtain real estate licenses before contract award; and (4) a protester untimely filed after bid opening its protest regarding defective solicitation specifications. Accordingly, two protests were sustained, and one protest was dismissed, and GAO recommended that HUD: (1) reevaluate the bids and properly document its evaluation; (2) terminate the contract and make award to the bidder who represents the best value to the government; and (3) reimburse the two successful protesters for their protest costs.