[Protest of Bureau of Land Management Contract Award]

B-206271: Oct 29, 1982

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A firm protested a contract award by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for an environmental study contending that BLM did not evaluate its proposal in accordance with the evaluation criteria, that BLM downgraded it for not providing information which the firm alleged was not required by the solicitation specifications, and that BLM drew unfounded inferences from the proposal. GAO stated that it does not determine independently the acceptability or relative technical merit of proposals and limits its review to examining whether the agency's evaluation was fair and reasonable. After reviewing the case, GAO held that there was no demonstration by the protester that BLM arbitrarily denied the protester's proposal a superior rating and that the proposal evaluation was reasonable and consistent with the evaluation criteria. Accordingly, the protest was denied.