[Protests of Air Force Contract Award for Aircraft Maintenance]

B-229850,B-229850.2: Apr 4, 1988

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Two firms protested an Air Force contract award to another firm for aircraft maintenance, contending that the Air Force failed to establish the relative weight of the evaluation criteria prior to evaluation. The first protester also contended that the Air Force should have awarded it the contract as the low bidder. The second protester contended that the Air Force improperly: (1) required it to increase its personnel level, causing its bid to be high; (2) rated its technical proposal; and (3) failed to allow it to review the evaluation records. GAO held that the: (1) Air Force weighted the evaluation criteria prior to bid opening; (2) second protester abandoned its protest concerning personnel levels, since it failed to respond to the Air Force's report on the protest; (3) Air Force properly awarded the contract to the technically superior offerer; and (4) Air Force evaluated both bids consistently with the evaluation criteria. Accordingly, the protests were denied.