[Protest of Air Force Contract Award for Technical Support Services]

B-241002: Jan 14, 1991

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A firm protested an Air Force contract award for technical support services, contending that the Air Force: (1) failed to conduct discussions regarding the awardee's cost proposal; (2) improperly evaluated the awardee's technical proposal; and (3) provided the awardee with an unfair competitive advantage by giving it information about an example prior to proposal submission. GAO held that the: (1) Air Force was not required to conduct discussions, since it reasonably concluded that the awardee's proposed bid was realistic; (2) Air Force reasonably concluded that the awardee's and protester's proposals were technically equal; and (3) protester failed to show that the awardee had an unfair competitive advantage. Accordingly, the protest was denied.