[Protest of Army Contract Award for Overhaul and Maintenance of Helicopter Pitch Trim Actuator Assemblies]

B-237749: Mar 19, 1990

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A firm protested an Army contract award for helicopter maintenance, contending that: (1) its bid was the only qualified offer; (2) its proposal represented the best value to the government and its proposed price was lower than the awardee's; (3) the Army used improper evaluation criteria; (4) the awardee misinterpreted the solicitation; and (5) the awardee was not qualified. GAO held that: (1) it would not consider a protest that would restrict competition; (2) the protester untimely protested an alleged solicitation defect; (3) the Army properly evaluated proposals and was not required to make award on the basis of price; (4) the Army reasonably determined that the awardee understood the requirements; and (5) it would not consider matters pertaining to the awardee's responsibility. Accordingly, the protest was denied.