[Protest of Army Contract Award for Recoil System Exerciser]

B-241236,B-241236.2: Jan 30, 1991

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A firm protested an Army contract award for a recoil system exerciser, contending that the Army: (1) failed to evaluate proposals in accordance with the specified criteria; (2) improperly awarded extra credit for enhancements exceeding minimum requirements; and (3) did not give it credit for its superior experience. GAO held that the Army: (1) reasonably determined that the offers were technically equal; (2) did not improperly award extra credit for enhancements, since its evaluation merely reflected the qualitative distinctions between the awardee's and protester's technical approaches to accomplishing solicitation requirements; and (3) reasonably determined that the awardee and protester had equivalent experience under the evaluation criterion. Accordingly, the protest was denied.