[Protest of Navy Contract Award to Incumbent Contractor]

B-221330: Apr 16, 1986

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A firm protested a Navy contract award to the incumbent contractor for educational support services, contending that: (1) during negotiations, the Navy acted prejudicially in favor of the awardee; (2) the Navy deliberately prolonged the procurement process in order to continue to procure the required services from the awardee on a sole-source basis; and (3) the Navy delayed notifying it of the award in order to avoid suspension of contract performance. GAO held that: (1) the protester failed to show specifically how it was prejudiced by the Navy's actions or that the Navy's proposal evaluation was unreasonable; (2) the Navy reasonably decided to award the contract to the lowest bidder after it determined that the technical proposals were essentially equal; and (3) it would not attribute prejudicial motives to the Navy on the basis of the protester's bare allegations. Accordingly, the protest was denied.