[Protest of USMC Rejection of Proposal as Technically Unacceptable]

B-236911: Jan 12, 1990

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A firm protested the Marine Corps (USMC) rejection of its bid and cancellation of a solicitation for training support under a small-disadvantaged-business set-aside, contending that USMC improperly: (1) rejected its bid because of allegedly unacceptable key personnel, since the personnel factor accounted for only 25 percent of the evaluation; and (2) cancelled the solicitation, since that caused the perception that small disadvantaged businesses could not perform the contract. USMC contended that the protester was not sufficiently interested to protest, because it lacked sufficient direct economic interest in the procurement. GAO held that: (1) the protester was an interested party, since it would have another opportunity for award if its protest were sustained; (2) USMC reasonably determined that the protester's bid was unacceptable because it failed to offer personnel with the requisite direct relevant experience; and (3) USMC properly cancelled and withdrew the small-disadvantaged-business set-aside, since it did not receive any technically acceptable bids. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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