[Protest of Air Force Exclusion of Proposal From Competitive Range]

B-226185: Jun 2, 1987

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A firm protested the Air Force's rejection of its bid under a solicitation for power plants, contending that the Air Force: (1) did not properly evaluate its proposal; and (2) should have referred the matter to the Small Business Administration (SBA) under certificate-of-competency procedures. GAO held that: (1) the Air Force reasonably determined that the protester's proposal was deficient in various respects; (2) to the extent that the protester was challenging the Air Force's requirements, it untimely filed the protest after bid opening; (3) the protester provided no evidence to show that it included a required manual in its proposal; and (4) the Air Force could not refer the matter to SBA, since it concerned the technical acceptability of the protester's proposal rather than the protester's responsibility. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.