[Protest of HUD Contract Award]

B-270421: Nov 15, 1995

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A firm protested a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) contract award, contending that: (1) the awardee was not a small business; (2) the bid evaluations was improper; and (3) HUD should have held discussions before making award. GAO held that: (1) the awardee's small business status would be determined by the Small Business Administration not HUD; (2) the protester failed to provide factual evidence to support its allegation that the bid evaluation was improper; and (3) HUD was not required to hold discussions before making award, since the solicitation informed offerors that the award might be made based on initial proposals. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.