[Protest of Army Contract Award for Emission Control System]

B-250706.2: Mar 24, 1993

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A firm protested an Army contract award for an emission control system, contending that the Army failed to: (1) assign its bid the minimum number of points required for technically acceptable bids; (2) give it credit for its lower operating costs; (3) consider its bid's price advantage; and (4) follow the solicitation's evaluation criteria requiring it to make award to the lowest, technically acceptable bidder. GAO held that: (1) the Army reasonably evaluated the protester's technical bid and did not rely on the point score differential in its source selection; (2) the Army reasonably evaluated the bidders' operating costs, and any error in assigning numerical scores for this factor had no impact on the overall evaluation; (3) the protester had no basis to protest the Army's acquisition of equipment in addition to the emission control system, since it was consistent with solicitation specifications; and (4) although the Army did not adequately document its price-technical tradeoff, it properly made award to the higher, technically superior bidder. Accordingly, the protest was denied.