[Protest Against Navy Contract Awards for Design Support Services]
B-219008.2: Jul 23, 1985
- Full Report:
A firm protested two Navy contract awards to a primary and secondary contractor, contending that: (1) the Navy manipulated the technical evaluation process which resulted in improper contract awards to firms other than the lowest priced offerers; (2) it was not rated sufficiently high under the evaluation factor for experience; and (3) the technical review committee took exception to its top heavy management team although its personnel and cost proposal was ranked second overall. The protester stated that, after it received a copy of the documents submitted in a previous protest, it believed it could prove that the Navy's evaluation was unreasonable, and thus request an impartial reevaluation of offers. GAO found that: (1) the protester was advised of the information which gave rise to its objections during a debriefing with the contracting officer, thus the protest filed more than 10 working days after the debriefing was untimely; (2) the protester's request to invoke the significant issue exception to the timeliness rules did not raise issues of widespread importance to the procurement community or involve a matter which had not been considered in a previous decision; and (3) there was no compelling reason beyond the protester's control that prevented the protest from being timely filed. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.