[Request for Reconsideration of Decision Denying Protest of GSA Procurement]

B-218310,B-218311: Apr 4, 1985

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A firm requested reconsideration of a decision which denied its protests concerning the General Services Administration's (GSA) selection of another firm with which to negotiate architect-engineer contracts. In its request for reconsideration, the protester failed to show that the response to its allegations was incorrect and failed to show any basis upon which to sustain its protest. Although the protester alleged that the scoring of the two contracts was unreasonable and arbitrary, procurement officials enjoy a reasonable degree of discretion in evaluations, and GAO will not substitute its judgment for that of a procuring agency by making an independent examination. Furthermore, the protester failed to show that it was prejudiced by the scoring method used. GAO also held that, absent a solicitation being set aside under section 8(a), a minority firm is not entitled to a preference over other firms. Finally, although the protester argued that the selected firm was nonresponsive, GAO found that this basis of the protest was untimely. Accordingly, the prior decision was affirmed.