[Protest of Navy Contract Award for Investigating and Reporting on EEO Discrimination Complaints]

B-224578.2: Feb 10, 1987

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A firm protested a Navy contract award to another firm for investigating and reporting on equal employment opportunity complaints, contending that: (1) the Navy improperly downgraded its proposal because it lacked investigative experience under Navy regulations, since prior Navy experience was not one of the evaluation criteria; and (2) re-calculation of its corporate experience and personnel qualifications would eliminate any differences in scoring between its bid and the awardee's. GAO found that: (1) the Navy's evaluation of the protester's proposal was reasonable and consistent with the evaluation criteria, since the solicitation required a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Navy's special standards for investigating discrimination complaints; and (2) the protester's corporate experience and personnel qualifications were deficient for a number of reasons other than its lack of prior Navy experience. Accordingly, the protest was denied.