Protests against Alleged Racial Discrimination, Technical Evaluation, and Rejection of Alternate Proposal

B-187599: Jul 20, 1977

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A protest was made to the timing of a contract award, and protester contended that there was racial prejudice on the part of agency officials, that their technical proposal was superior to that of awardee, and that their alternate proposal was not considered. No evidence was furnished substantiating allegation of racial prejudice by agency officials. Point spread in technical evaluation was close enough that cost became the determinant in award. Bidder's offer to perform two separate solicitations under single contract did not constitute "alternate proposal" within intent of solicitation. Because of the significance of term "date of award" under Bid Protest Procedures, agency should adopt a standard definition. The protest was denied.