[Protest of Navy Consideration of Low Bid for Waste Oil Rafts]

B-227915: Sep 18, 1987

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A firm protested a Navy contract award for waste oil rafts, contending that: (1) it was the low responsive bidder for the basic quantity and there was no indication that the Navy would exercise options; and (2) the awardee's bid was unbalanced because differences between its basic and option unit prices were much greater than other bidders'. GAO held that the: (1) Navy properly awarded the contract based on evaluation of both basic and option prices, as the solicitation required; and (2) awardee provided adequate justification for its bid-price differences. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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