[Protest of Contract Awards]

B-207268: Aug 23, 1982

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A firm protested two contract awards under solicitations issued by the operating contractor of an Army ammunition facility. The protester claimed that it was technically capable of providing the equipment and that it could offer a substantially lower price than the awardee. Both solicitations stated that the technical aspects of proposals would be the primary evaluation criteria, while cost would be the least important. Although the protester's offered cost was lowest in the first solicitation, its bid received a much lower technical score than the awardee's bid. The protester's second bid was determined to be technically unacceptable because its method of inspection could not accurately measure a critical requirement. Since the protester provided no evidence to dispute these evaluations, GAO concluded that the technical evaluations were reasonable and in accord with listed evaluation criteria. Accordingly, the protest was denied.