[Protest of NASA Exclusion of Proposal From Competitive Range]

B-221353: Apr 1, 1986

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A firm protested the exclusion of its proposal from the competitive range under a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) solicitation for maintenance support services, contending that, since it had performed the required services for 24 years, its proposal was at least equal to any proposal submitted. The protester also alleged that: (1) NASA did not adhere to its evaluation criteria; (2) the evaluation factors were unreasonable and not properly applied; and (3) the evaluation cost elements were totally arbitrary. GAO found that: (1) the protester's allegation concerning the improper application of evaluation factors was unsupported; (2) NASA properly excluded the protester from the competitive range, based on its determination that the protester's proposal had no reasonable chance of being selected for award; and (3) the protester merely speculated that the cost-realism analysis was arbitrary without evidence of unreasonable NASA action. Accordingly, the protest was denied.