[Protest of Army Contract Award for Oil Analyses]

B-220710: Oct 18, 1985

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A firm protested an Army contract award, contending that the awardee: (1) improperly performed similar contracts in the past; (2) would perform this contract inadequately; and (3) submitted a below-cost offer under the solicitation. However, GAO: (1) does not review affirmative determinations of responsibility absent a showing of fraud or that definitive responsibility criteria were not applied, and neither exception was present in this case; (2) has held that the alleged submission of a below cost offer is not a basis to challenge the validity of a contract award; and (3) has held that whether an awardee fulfills its obligations under a contract is a matter of contract administration which is not for its consideration. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.