[Protest of Army Contract Award for Systems Engineering Services]

B-247596.2: Aug 7, 1992

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A firm protested an Army contract award for systems engineering services, contending that the Army failed to: (1) properly analyze the awardee's cost and pricing data; and (2) evaluate the proposals on a common basis, since the protester and the awardee based their proposed prices on different assumptions. GAO held that: (1) the Army waived the requirement for cost and pricing data because of adequate price competition; and (2) it would not interfere with the award even though the awardee and the protester made different assumptions, since even if the protester were correct the relatively small difference in price would not impact the relative standing of the bids. Accordingly, the protest was denied.