[Protest of AID Contract Award for Technical Assistance]

B-246071,B-246071.2: Feb 18, 1992

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A firm protested an Agency for International Development (AID) contract award for technical assistance, contending that AID: (1) improperly evaluated its bid; (2) failed to conduct meaningful discussions with it; (3) failed to amend the solicitation to reflect its actual needs; and (4) improperly conducted negotiations after best and final offers (BAFO). GAO held that AID: (1) improperly evaluated the protester's bid; and (2) failed to amend the solicitation to allow all bidders in the competitive range an opportunity to compete after it determined that an alternate approach was acceptable. Accordingly, the protest was sustained, and GAO recommended that AID: (1) amend the solicitation to provide bidders with a statement of the evaluation factors and to reflect the alternate approach; (2) request another round of BAFO; (3) terminate the awardee's contract and make award to the protester, if appropriate; and (4) reimburse the protester for its protest costs.

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