[Protest of Evaluation of Proposals]
B-208418: Nov 23, 1982
- Full Report:
A firm protested the Army's evaluation of proposals in response to a solicitation for target flight services. The protester interpreted the solicitation and its amendments to preclude designs for target craft with front-mounted engines which the incumbent contractor offered. GAO stated that questions and answers in the solicitation relating to the visual appearance requirements placed offerors on notice that an exact likeness of the incumbent's aircraft was sufficiently representative to meet the Army's need. Therefore, GAO held that the protester's assertion that only its rear-mounted engine satisfied the requirement was without merit. The protester filed an ancillary complaint concerning the Army's handling of the procurement after the protest was filed. GAO saw no basis for this complaint. Further, GAO stated that the filing of the protest caused a change in requirements since it altered the Army's schedule and, therefore, the Army had a reasonable basis for reopening the negotiations. Accordingly, the protest was denied.