[Protest of Navy Contract Award for Antenna Tracking System]

B-222585.7: Feb 6, 1987

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A firm protested a Navy contract award to another firm for an antenna tracking system, contending that the Navy: (1) should have awarded it the contract, since its bid was the lowest; (2) should not have considered the element of risk as part of the evaluation criteria; (3) violated procurement regulations by treating the procurement as a sole-source contract; (4) technical review board showed bias toward the awardee; and (5) improperly evaluated the proposals. GAO held that: (1) the Navy was not required to award the contract to the firm offering the lowest cost, since the solicitation did not specify that cost would be the determinative factor; (2) the Navy properly evaluated proposals based on the degree of risk involved, since that clearly related to capability and approach; (3) there was no merit to the protester's allegation of bias; and (4) it would not review whether the Navy improperly evaluated a technical proposal absent a showing of unreasonableness, abuse of discretion, or violation of procurement statutes or regulations. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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