[Protest of NASA Rejection of Bid for Systems Research]

B-277326,B-277326.2,B-277326.3,B-277326.4,B-277326.5: Sep 30, 1997

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A firm protested the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) evaluation and rejection of its earth-to-orbit transportations systems research proposals, contending that NASA: (1) failed to evaluate its proposal fairly; (2) failed to communicate with it regarding certain aspects of its proposal; (3) relaxed certain of the NASA research announcement (NRA) requirements for the awardees; and (4) used competitive procurement evaluation procedures which were not appropriate for NRAs. GAO held that: (1) NASA reasonably rejected the protester's proposal due to its added cost, complexity, and contractual conflicts of interest; (2) NASA warned offerors that it might accept proposals without discussion and that proposals should be as complete as possible; and (3) there was no evidence of impropriety in NASA's evaluation and source selection procedures of sorting proposals into categories, and the act did not constitute competitive range determination. Accordingly, the protest was denied.