[Protest of Air Force Contract Award for C-21A Replacement Aircraft and Related Logistics Support]

B-274385,B-274385.2,B-274385.3: Dec 6, 1996

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A firm protested an Air Force contract award for C-21A replacement aircraft and related logistics support services, contending that the Air Force: (1) should have found the awardee's proposal technically unacceptable, since it did not comply with certain solicitation specifications; (2) treated the bidders unequally, since the Air Force only required it to submit certain technical information for bid evaluation; and (3) made a flawed cost-technical tradeoff decision. GAO held that the: (1) protester untimely filed more than 10 days after it knew the basis of protest its protests of the Air Force's interpretation of a solicitation specification and the technical acceptability of the awardee's proposal; (2) Air Force treated the bidders equally and reasonably evaluated the bidders' proposals based on their contents; and (3) Air Force reasonably determined that the protester's bid was technically unacceptable and properly made award to the bidder that offered the best value to the government. Accordingly, the protest was denied.