[Protest of Commerce Contract Award for Health Care Services, Supplies, and Facilities]

B-258631: Feb 1, 1995

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A firm protested a Department of Commerce contract award for healthcare services, supplies, and facilities, contending that Commerce unreasonably evaluated: (1) its bid, since its bid was superior to its successful bid under a prior Commerce solicitation; and (2) the awardee's bid, since the awardee intended to substitute its proposed personnel with less qualified incumbent personnel after award. GAO held that: (1) the prior procurement had no bearing on the instant procurement, since the evaluation schemes varied; (2) Commerce reasonably downgraded the protester's proposal based on its performance on other contracts and its inadequate staffing plan; and (3) the protester was not sufficiently interested to protest the bid evaluation, since it would not be in line for award even if its protest were sustained. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.