[Protests of NPS Rejection of Bids for Feral Pig Eradication]

B-241169,B-241169.2: Jan 17, 1991

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A firm and an individual protested the National Park Service's (NPS) rejection of their bids for feral pig eradication, contending that: (1) NPS unreasonably excluded their proposals from the competitive range; (2) NPS was biased in favor of the highest-scored offeror; and (3) the evaluation panel lacked the expertise to properly evaluate bids. The second protester also contended that NPS failed to: (1) consider his prior professional hunting experience; and (2) give his proposal adequate credit for innovations and suggestions. GAO held that: (1) NPS reasonably excluded the protesters' bids from the competitive range, since they would require major revisions to be made acceptable; (2) the evaluation panel was amply qualified to evaluate proposals; (3) there was no evidence of bias or conflict of interest; and (4) the evaluators did not overlook the second protester's experience and proposed innovations. Accordingly, the protests were denied in part and dismissed in part.