[Protest of Air Force Contract Award for Launch Support Services]

B-249763.3: Feb 22, 1993

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A firm protested an Air Force contract award for launch support services, contending that the: (1) Air Force's estimate of the quantity of labor required to perform the contract was flawed; (2) Air Force improperly required it to base its bid on Air Force labor estimates; and (3) Air Force did not properly evaluate the awardee's cost proposal. GAO held that the: (1) protester untimely filed its protest concerning the Air Force labor estimate after contract award; (2) awardee's bid was consistent with the labor estimate and the Air Force did not specify any particular level-of-effort or skill mix; and (3) Air Force reasonably determined that the awardee's cost proposal was realistic. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed in part and denied in part.