[Protest of Navy Contract Award for Vessel Maintenance]

B-230971: Aug 11, 1988

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A firm protested a Navy contract award for vessel maintenance, contending that the Navy improperly: (1) evaluated its technical proposal; (2) analyzed its cost proposal; and (3) did not hold meaningful discussions. GAO held that the Navy: (1) reasonably downgraded the protester's proposal with respect to its availability of manpower resources, since it failed to submit the required detailed data; (2) reasonably adjusted the protester's cost estimate upward during a cost-realism analysis, since the protester used outdated labor rates; and (3) conducted meaningful discussions, since it answered the protester's questions concerning its manpower resources and costs and led the protester into the area of its bid that needed amplification. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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