[Protest Against Navy Contract Award for Research Ship]

B-231802: Sep 30, 1988

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A firm protested a Navy contract award for research ship design and construction, contending that the Navy: (1) failed to inform bidders that price was the determinating factor for award; and (2) should have rejected the awardee's bid, since it did not meet an electrical requirement. GAO held that the: (1) Navy reasonably awarded the contract to the bidder that met all mandatory requirements, offered more enhancements, and offered a price significantly below those proposed by other bidders; and (2) awardee's bid met all of the Navy's requirements. Accordingly, the protest was denied.