[Protest of DOE Rejection of Bid for Engineering and Administrative Support Services]
B-250173: Jan 14, 1993
- Full Report:
A firm protested the Department of Energy's (DOE) exclusion of its bid from the competitive range for engineering and administrative support services, contending that: (1) its bid was subject to improvement through discussions; (2) DOE improperly evaluated its technical proposal as to key personnel, letters of commitment, and the contract's impact on its revenues; and (3) one former and one current DOE employee may have violated procurement integrity laws. GAO held that: (1) the protester untimely submitted its rebuttal to the DOE key personnel evaluation one month after filing its comments on the agency's report; (2) DOE reasonably determined that the protester's proposed personnel lacked the minimum required experience; (3) reevaluation of proposed personnel commitment letters would not significantly raise the protester's overall technical rating; (4) although the protester indicated the contract award's impact on its revenues, it did not provide the required analysis of the contract's impact on its resources; (5) DOE reasonably determined that the protester had no chance for award and that its bid would require major revisions to meet the solicitation's requirements, and therefore, properly excluded the bid from the competitive range; and (6) the protester untimely filed it protest of DOE procurement violations more than 10 days after knowing the basis for protest. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.