[Protest of Army Contract Award for Job Assistance Centers]

B-245233.4: Jan 29, 1992

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A firm protested an Army contract award for job assistance centers, contending that the: (1) Army should have excluded the awardee from competition because of a conflict of interest with one of its employees; (2) awardee had an unfair competitive advantage because of its performance on an early pilot contract; and (3) Army improperly evaluated its bid. GAO held that the: (1) protester failed to provide evidence that the awardee's employment of a former Army officer constituted an unfair competitive advantage; (2) protester untimely filed after bid opening its protest regarding alleged solicitation improprieties; (3) awardee did not have an unfair competitive advantage as the result of any improper action on the part of the Army; and (4) Army's use of erroneous point scores did not prejudice the protester, since the Army used other criteria to evaluate the bids. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.