[Protest of Navy Contract Award for Flight Training Services]

B-238953.4: Sep 28, 1990

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A firm protested a Navy contract award for flight training services, contending that the: (1) awardee failed to comply with mandatory solicitation requirements; (2) Navy failed to consider its jets' superior fuel efficiency; and (3) Navy improperly evaluated its responsibility without referring the matter to the Small Business Administration (SBA). GAO held that the Navy: (1) unreasonably evaluated the awardee's technical proposal and understated the protester's technical proposal; (2) failed to consider the significant impact of additional fuel costs; and (3) rejected the protester's bid, based on financial capabilities, without referring its responsibility to SBA. Accordingly, the protest was sustained, and GAO recommended that the Navy: (1) determine the protester's responsibility, and refer any determination of nonresponsibility to SBA; (2) make award to the protester if SBA issues it a certificate of competency; and (3) reimburse the protester for its protest costs.