[Protest of Air Force Contract Award for Caretaker Operation Services]

B-250786: Feb 16, 1993

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A firm protested an Air Force contract award for caretaker operation services, contending that the: (1) awardee was ineligible for award, since it was not a small business concern; (2) Air Force improperly evaluated the bids under the past experience evaluation criteria; (3) awardee did not have the required technical experience; and (4) Air Force unreasonably awarded the contract to the high bidder. GAO held that: (1) the Small Business Administration approved the awardee as a small business for certain contracts; (2) there was no basis to conclude that the Air Force unreasonably evaluated the technical proposals under the past experience factor, since the awardee was more experienced in performing the required services; (3) the Air Force reasonably determined that the awardee's superior technical bid justified its high bid; and (4) the Air Force properly awarded the contract to the technically superior, high bidder. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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