[Protest of Navy Contract Award for Prototype Countermeasure System]

B-238184: Apr 30, 1990

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A firm protested a Navy contract award for a land mine countermeasure system, contending that the: (1) evaluation criteria were misleading; (2) Navy did not consider its ability to take an alternate technical approach; (3) solicitation did not list risk as an evaluation factor; (4) Navy should not have adjusted its bid price for cost realism without increasing its technical score; (5) evaluation panel was incomplete at certain critical points; (6) Navy failed to conduct adequate discussions; and (7) Navy unreasonably made award to a higher bidder. GAO held that: (1) Navy reasonably evaluated proposals consistently with the evaluation criteria; (2) the protester's technical proposal did not indicate any alternative approach; (3) solicitation specifically directed offerers to address technical risk; (4) Navy reasonably adjusted the protester's bid for cost realism; (5) Navy assigned members of the evaluation panel portions of the proposal to evaluate in accordance with their expertise; (6) Navy conducted adequate discussions; and (7) Navy was not required to make award on the basis of price. Accordingly, the protest was denied.