[Protest of Naval Supply Systems Command Contract Award]

B-208322: Sep 15, 1982

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A firm protested the award of a contract under a request for proposals issued by the Navy. The protester contended that the awardee's low-cost bid price was unfair, noncompetitive, and was intended to force the protester out of business. GAO held that the issue in this case was whether the awardee could perform the contract at its bid price, which was a question relating to the awardee's responsibility. In the absence of a showing that the contracting officer acted fraudulently or in bad faith, or that definitive responsibility criteria in the solicitation have not been met, GAO does not review a contracting officer's affirmative determination of responsibility. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.