[Protest of Navy Procedures Under Solicitation for Engineering and Technical Services]

B-230019.2: Jul 12, 1988

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A firm protested the Navy's decision to reopen negotiations under a solicitation for engineering and technical services, contending that the: (1) Navy improperly awarded it the contract, since the specifications regarding bid evaluation had only one reasonable interpretation; and (2) Navy's release of its proprietary information gave other offerers a competitive advantage. GAO held that the: (1) Navy reasonably determined that the solicitation failed to adequately advise offerers of the evaluation factors' relative importance; and (2) reopening of negotiations disclosed each of the competitors' proposed costs. Accordingly, the protest was denied.