[Protest of Proposed NASA Contract Award for Support Services]

B-228599.2: Jul 13, 1988

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A firm protested a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contract award for support services, contending that NASA: (1) should have informed it of its bid's deviation from the solicitation's personnel on-site limitation; (2) erroneously evaluated its probable costs; and (3) improperly failed to consider an audit report recommendation to adjust costs downward. GAO held that the protester was not prejudiced by NASA failure to: (1) inform it of its bid's deficiencies, since its proposal would have remained technically inferior to the awardee's; and (2) consider the recommendation, since it was only advisory and there were no significant differences between the protester's cost estimate and the audit's recommendation. Accordingly, the protest was denied.