[Protest of Navy Solicitation for Motor Vehicle Operation]

B-231103: Aug 26, 1988

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A firm protested a Navy solicitation and contract award for motor vehicle operation, contending that the Navy: (1) grossly underestimated the number of work hours required to perform the contract; (2) acted in bad faith, since it deliberately manipulated historical data, used an erroneous wage determination, and failed to disclose all relevant information to bidders; and (3) should have rejected the awardee's bid and the other three low bids as nonresponsive. GAO held that the: (1) Navy reasonably adjusted the required work hours to reflect scope-of-work reductions; (2) Navy provided adequate data to enable bidders to calculate the required level of effort; (3) protester failed to provide irrefutable proof that the Navy had specific and malicious intent to injure it; (4) awardee's bid bond was not deficient; and (5) responsiveness of any other bids was irrelevant, since the awardee's bid was responsive. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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