[Protests of NAVSEA Contract Awards for Ship Construction]

B-254969,B-254969.2,B-254969.3,B-254969.4: Feb 1, 1994

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Two firms protested two Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) contract awards for ship construction, contending that NAVSEA: (1) conducted improper discussions with one awardee; (2) improperly provided one awardee with the government estimate; and (3) improperly determined that their best and final offers were unrealistically low. GAO held that: (1) the alleged improper discussions did not prejudice the protesters; (2) the protesters would not be in line for award even if NAVSEA provided them with equivalent information; (3) NAVSEA reasonably determined that the awardees submitted realistic bids; and (4) the protesters failed to support the substantial price reductions in their bids. Accordingly, the protests were denied.