[Protest of State Contract Award for Agricultural Spray Aircraft]

B-228475: Feb 5, 1988

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A firm protested a Department of State contract award for agricultural spray aircraft, contending that State improperly: (1) reduced the overall possible technical point score; (2) issued a modification to delete some evaluation factors, rather than conducting a flight test; and (3) failed to require certification of the aircraft at bid opening. GAO held that State: (1) properly maintained the relative importance of the reduced point factors consistent with the evaluation criteria; (2) reasonably deleted the evaluation factors that it could not evaluate without a flight test; and (3) did not require certification upon bid submission, since that would have limited competition to existing aircraft. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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