[Protest of SCS Exclusion of Proposal From Competitive Range Under Solicitation for Copper River Basin Study]

B-224017: Dec 8, 1986

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A firm protested the exclusion of its bid from the competitive range under a Soil Conservation Service (SCS) solicitation for a river basin study, contending that SCS: (1) improperly applied evaluation criteria regarding experience that it did not disclose in the specifications; and (2) SCS should reimburse it for its bid and protest preparation costs. GAO held that: (1) SCS should have disclosed the evaluation subfactor and its importance in the solicitation since an offerer's experience with the program was of significant value; and (2) the protester was entitled to recovery of its bid and protest preparation costs since SCS improperly induced it to incur the cost of competing by failing to disclose a significant evaluation factor. Accordingly, the protest was sustained.

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