Protest of Proposal Rejection as Technically Unacceptable

B-200736: Jun 30, 1981

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A firm protested the rejection of its offer under a request for proposals. The firm contended that it submitted the low acceptable proposal and that the procuring activity acted improperly in rejecting its proposal as technically unacceptable. The protester felt that its proposal was rejected because it was designed in the metric system of measurement and contended that the request for proposals should have required the submission of designs only in the metric system in accordance with a Department of Defense directive. The protester's prices were higher than those of the ultimate awardee and one other firm. The proposals were evaluated for compliance with the technical requirements and the protester's proposal was found to be technically unacceptable. GAO does not evaluate proposals to make a determination as to their acceptability or relative merits and will not disturb an agency's technical evaluation unless it is clearly shown not to have a reasonable basis. GAO could not conclude that the rejection of the protester's proposal was unreasonable and saw no evidence that the proposal was rejected because of the metric-based design. Allegations as to the solicitation specifications were untimely since they were not filed with GAO until after the closing date set for receipt of proposals. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.

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