[Protest of Army Contract Award for Ground-Based Radar]

B-250486: Feb 4, 1993

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A firm protested an Army contract award for ground-based radar, contending that the: (1) Army used a flawed cost model in evaluating the realism of its bid; and (2) award violated solicitation requirements. GAO held that: (1) the evaluation of the awardee's bid was consistent with the solicitation specifications which provided for consideration of trade-offs among key technical objectives; (2) the protester's allegations that the Army unreasonably evaluated its bid were untimely; (3) the cost realism methodology the Army used was reasonable; (4) the Army was not obligated to advise the protester of the awardee's technical approach during discussions; and (5) award to the high bidder was reasonable and consistent with the evaluation criteria. Accordingly, the protest was denied.