[Protests of Navy Contract Award for Registered Nurse and Operating Room Technician Services]

B-262254.3,B-262254.4,B-262254.5: Dec 21, 1995

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Two firms protested a Navy contract award for registered nurse and operating room technician services, contending that the: (1) Navy evaluated the bids using unstated evaluation criteria; (2) Navy performed an unreasonable cost realism analysis and cost-technical tradeoff; (3) awardee's bid was materially unbalanced; and (4) Navy failed to conduct meaningful discussions. GAO held that: (1) the Navy reasonably evaluated the bidders' experience in accordance with the stated evaluation criteria; (2) the Navy reasonably determined that one protester's bid price was unrealistic, since the bid price was considerably lower than the government estimate; (3) the Navy made an appropriate cost-technical tradeoff decision in selecting the awardee's technically superior bid; (4) the Navy advised bidders of its intent to award the contract without discussions; and (5) one protester untimely filed its protest regarding the Navy's cost realism analysis more than 10 days after it knew the basis of protest. Accordingly, the protests were denied in part and dismissed in part.