[Protest of MSC Contract Award for Design and Engineering Services]

B-250313.2: Mar 19, 1993

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A firm protested a Military Sealift Command (MSC) contract award for design and engineering services, contending that MSC improperly evaluated technical and cost bids. GAO held that MSC reasonably: (1) accepted the awardee's initial bid, since the bid acceptance period had not expired and the awardee's bid modifications were technically acceptable and did not preclude a reasonable cost evaluation; and (2) conducted its cost realism analysis based on the protester's prior indirect costs, since the protester based its current costs on speculative projections of increased future business and unexplained reductions in overhead. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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