[Protest of Air Force Contract Award for Base Supply System Operation]

B-251366: Apr 1, 1993

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A firm protested an Air Force contract award for the operation of a base supply system, contending that the Air Force: (1) did not evaluate bids in accordance with the solicitation's evaluation criteria; (2) did not hold meaningful discussions; and (3) performed an inadequate price and technical tradeoff. GAO held that the Air Force: (1) properly evaluated the bids in accordance with the evaluation criteria and did not base its evaluation on anticipated future needs not specified in the solicitation; (2) sufficiently informed the protester of its bid's deficiencies and treated bidders equally in discussions; and (3) properly performed an adequate price and technical analysis and reasonably chose the technically superior, high bidder for award. Accordingly, the protest was denied.