[Protest of Air Force Cancellation of Solicitation for Maintenance Services]

B-281224,B-281224.2,B-281224.3,B-281224.4,B-281224.5,B-281224.6: Jan 12, 1999

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Two firms protested the Air Force's cancellation of solicitation for maintenance services, contending that the Air Force: (1) improperly conducted the competition; and (2) misevaluated their proposals. GAO held that the Air Force improperly cancelled the solicitation, since 14 of the agency evaluators held positions under the A-76 study and thus were subject to being contracted out, creating a conflict of interest that could not be mitigated. Accordingly, the protest was sustained, and GAO recommended that the Air Force: (1) rescind the cancellation of the solicitation, constitute a new technical evaluation team, the composition of which is consistent with this decision, and reevaluate the step-one technical proposals; and (2) reimburse the protesters for their protest costs.