Protest of Forest Service Contract Award
B-206650: Jun 17, 1982
- Full Report:
A firm protested a contract award issued by the Forest Service under a request for proposals (RFP) for a 1-week training course. According to the protester, it should have received the award because: (1) its price was less than the awardee's price, (2) price and technical merit should have been given equal weight in the proposal evaluation, and (3) the technical proposals were essentially equal. The protester minimized the importance of the awardee's higher technical score. It said that this difference reflected the awardee's prior experience in performing a similar contract for the Forest Service, which the protester insisted should not have been given weight because it was not identified as an evaluation factor in the RFP. The record showed that the technical evaluation conformed to the RFP evaluation criteria and reflected the contracting officer's reasonable belief that the awardee's selection was most advantageous to the Government. Accordingly, the protest was denied.