[Protest of EPA Contract Award for Program Support Services]

B-270160.2: Apr 10, 1996

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A firm protested an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contract award for program support services, contending that: (1) EPA improperly evaluated and downgraded its technical proposal; (2) EPA made an improper cost/technical tradeoff in selecting the awardee's higher-priced, technically-equal bid; (3) the awardee's proposed subcontractor presented an organizational conflict of interest; and (4) the award was invalid, since EPA needed to amend the solicitation because its requirements had changed. GAO held that: (1) EPA reasonably evaluated and downgraded the protester's bid, since its bid did not contain sufficient information and was generally disorganized; (2) EPA performed a proper cost/technical tradeoff in selecting the awardee's higher-priced, technically superior bid; (3) the awardee's use of the subcontractor did not pose a conflict of interest, since it was capable of performing the required work without involving the subcontractor's staff; and (4) the protester was not prejudiced by EPA failure to amend the solicitation. Accordingly, the protest was denied.