[Protest of CDC Multiple Contract Awards]

B-209366: Jun 6, 1983

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A firm protested the award of multiple contracts by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for screening priority chemicals for potential reproductive hazards. CDC had awarded fixed-price contracts to two higher ranked offerers, stating that the difference in technical superiority was worth the difference in price. The solicitation stated that evaluation factors would be weighed equally and the protester contended that, since its bid was acceptable, CDC improperly made awards to higher priced offerers. GAO stated that selection officials may make tradeoffs among selection factors provided the tradeoffs are reasonable and consistent with evaluation criteria. GAO held that, since the two offerers submitted technically superior proposals and offered to perform on a more desirable fixed-price basis, the awards were not objectionable. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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