[Protest of FEMA Contract Award for Fire Investigation Services]

B-224221,B-224221.2: Feb 5, 1987

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A firm protested a Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) contract award to another firm for fire investigation services, contending that FEMA: (1) improperly excluded its proposal from the competitive range; (2) violated statutory requirements by not giving preference to existing fire prevention organizations; and (3) improperly changed certain contract provisions after award, which altered the evaluation criteria and could result in a conflict of interest. GAO held that: (1) FEMA properly determined that the protester's technical proposal was inadequate and incomplete; (2) the protester untimely filed the allegation concerning the lack of preference for existing organizations; and (3) the clauses that FEMA changed or added to the awarded contract did not alter the evaluation criteria or result in a conflict of interest. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.