[Protest of NASA Contract Award for Photographic and Audiovisual Support Services]

B-216996: Apr 12, 1985

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A firm protested a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contract award for audiovisual support services, contending that the award was based on an erroneous evaluation. The solicitation for the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract provided for evaluation in four areas: mission suitability; cost; experience/past performance; and a general factors category; however, only the mission suitability category was to be scored. GAO does not evaluate technical proposals or scoring disputes, and it will only examine the agency's evaluation to ensure that it was reasonable and consistent with the stated evaluation criteria. It is the burden of the protester to clearly establish that the evaluation was unreasonable. GAO found that there was no basis for the protester's argument that the discriminators were improper, and NASA reasonably determined the awardee to be slightly superior in its technical rating and lower in cost. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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