[Protest of Navy Contract Award for Multicouplers]

B-237705.2: Mar 28, 1990

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A firm protested a Navy contract award for multicouplers, contending that: (1) a Navy official lacked the authority to overrule the initial contractor selection; (2) the Navy failed to protect source selection information; (3) its bid was low; (4) the ultimate source selection was irrational; (5) the Navy unreasonably determined that the awardee's proposal was technically superior; and (6) the awardee's technical advantage reflected its incumbent status. GAO held that the Navy: (1) official had the necessary authority to select the awardee; (2) was not restricted from obtaining information necessary to a source selection decision; (3) reserved the right to make award based on technical factors; (4) reasonably determined that the protester's proposal was a greater technical risk, which outweighed its price advantage; and (5) did not afford the awardee an undue advantage. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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