Protest Alleging Improper Proposal Evaluation

B-205750: Feb 26, 1982

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A firm protested the award of an Air Force contract for sleeve assemblies for a missile. The firm contended that the Air Force improperly refused to consider transportation costs in the bid evaluation and this resulted in an erroneous award. The protester asserted that if transportation costs had been considered it would have been the low bidder under the solicitation. GAO stated that the protester's view of the solicitation was erroneous, since one section of the solicitation provided that transportation costs were an evaluation factor only as applicable and another section stated that transportation costs would not be an evaluation factor. Under these circumstances, the Air Force properly evaluated the bids without consideration of transportation costs. Accordingly, the protest was denied.