[Protest of DCA Contract Award for Technical Support Services]

B-241727: Feb 6, 1991

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A firm protested a Defense Communications Agency (DCA) contract award for technical support services, contending that: (1) the awardee improperly employed a former DCA employee as a technical adviser; (2) DCA improperly used its man-hour estimates as a basis for concluding that the protester had a limited understanding of the project; and (3) DCA failed to demonstrate that the awardee had a clear technical advantage. GAO held that: (1) the protester failed to provide evidence that the former employee's actions prejudiced the competitors; (2) DCA reasonably found that the protester demonstrated a limited understanding of the requirements, since it provided insufficient man-hours to meet the requirements; and (3) DCA properly determined that the awardee's technically superior proposal justified its higher cost. Accordingly, the protest was denied.