[Protests of BOP Rejection of Bids for Halfway Houses]

B-271075,B-271076,B-271117: May 22, 1996

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A firm protested the Bureau of Prisons' (BOP) rejection of its bids for the operation of halfway houses, contending that BOP: (1) unreasonably evaluated its bids; (2) improperly excluded its bids from the competitive range; (3) had previously accepted similar bids from it under other procurements; and (4) was biased against it. GAO held that: (1) BOP reasonably determined that the protester basically repeated the solicitations' statements of work and could not evaluate the protester's technical and management approach or understanding of the solicitations' requirements; (2) BOP properly rejected the protester's bids as technically unacceptable; (3) the previous procurements had no bearing on the instant procurement; and (4) the protester's allegation of bias was without merit. Accordingly, the protests were denied.