[Protest of Navy Bid Price Evaluation]

B-216102.2,B-216102.3: Mar 28, 1985

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A firm protested the Navy's evaluation of its proposal for overhaul materials, arguing that its contract prices were improperly calculated and that the awardee's bid was nonresponsive. GAO noted that, although the protester's bid was low, a conditional attachment to its contract price increased it to where the bid was no longer low. Further, the Navy was not obligated to conduct negotiations to rectify the situation since the condition appeared in the protester's best and final offer. GAO also noted that matters of a bidder's responsiveness are to be resolved by the contracting agency. The protester's allegation that the awardee was ineligible under specific labor legislation was without merit, since the Department of Labor had properly determined the firm's eligibility. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.

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