[Protest of Air Force Determination To Perform Base Support Functions]

B-228032.2: Dec 30, 1987

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A firm protested an Air Force determination to perform base support functions in-house, contending that the Air Force: (1) obtained unreasonable and improper waivers of cost-comparison guidelines; and (2) did not base its estimate on all the staff required to perform the work. GAO held that, since the: (1) Air Force properly obtained the waivers, the protester's disagreement with the number of contract administrators needed did not provide a basis to question the waivers; and (2) difference between the Air Force's and the protester's estimate of the performance costs was greater than the total of the alleged errors, resolution in the protester's favor would not affect the cost-comparison results. GAO would not consider the contention concerning the staffing estimate, since the protester did not raise the issue in an appeal to the Air Force. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.

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