[Request for Reconsideration of Sustained Protest Against Army Contract Award]

B-225964.2: May 14, 1987

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A firm requested reconsideration of another firm's sustained protest against an Army contract award to it for flight training services. GAO had held that the Air Force: (1) improperly awarded the contract on the basis of initial proposals, even though the awardee did not offer the lowest overall price; and (2) should terminate the awarded contract and open competitive range discussions with the protester and the awardee. In its request for reconsideration, the awardee contended that: (1) its bid was low on a cost-per-technical-point basis; and (2) it would be prejudiced by new discussions because it already revealed its bid price. GAO held that: (1) the Competition in Contracting Act allowed the Army to make award on the basis of initial proposals only to a bidder offering the lowest overall cost; and (2) the need to uphold the integrity of the government procurement system outweighed any potential prejudice to the requester. Accordingly, the original decision was affirmed.