[Protest of FEMA Contract Award for Disaster Assistance]

B-247116: May 5, 1992

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A firm protested a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) contract award for disaster assistance, contending that FEMA improperly made price the most important evaluation factor, contrary to the stated evaluation scheme. GAO held that FEMA failed to provide a reasonable basis for determining that the protester's apparently significant technical advantage was not worth the cost premium. Accordingly, the protest was sustained, and GAO recommended that FEMA: (1) either terminate the awardee's contract and make award to the protester or properly document why the protester's technical superiority was not worth the cost premium; and (2) reimburse the protester for its protest costs.