Beacon Auto Parts

B-287843: Jun 13, 2001

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A firm protested a General Services Administration (GSA) contract award for automotive maintenance repair, contending that GSA (1) unreasonably evaluated its proposal and (2) unfairly determined that the awardee presented the best value. GAO held that GSA (1) reasonably evaluated the protester's proposal and (2) failed to consider whether the awardee's higher-rated proposal was worth its higher price. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and sustained in part, and GAO recommended that GSA perform a cost/technical tradeoff in accordance with the terms of the solicitation and reimburse the protester for the costs associated with filing and pursuing the protest.