[Protest of SPAWAR Rejection of Bid for Coaxial Switching System]
B-249183: Oct 29, 1992
- Full Report:
A firm protested the Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command's rejection of its proposal for a high frequency coaxial switching system, contending that the Navy: (1) improperly excluded it from consideration in the review process and did not objectively evaluation; (2) should have submitted any questions concerning its ability to perform the contract to the Small Business Administration (SBA); and (3) was biased in favor of the other offeror on the solicitation. GAO held that: (1) the Navy's decision to reject the protester's proposal as technically unacceptable and eliminate it from the competitive range was reasonable; (2) the proposal included significant deficiencies which would have required major revisions; (3) the Navy was not required to conduct discussions with offerors whose proposals were outside of the competitive range; (4) the protester's rejection was based on a proper technical evaluation and did not involve a responsibility determination; and (5) the protester untimely filed after bid opening its protest concerning a biased evaluation. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.