[Protest of Army Contract Award for Maintenance]

B-251761.4: Jul 20, 1993

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A firm protested an Army contract award for maintenance services, contending that the Army: (1) failed to follow the solicitation's evaluation criteria; (2) failed to notify the bidders that bids would be adjusted to reflect cost realism; (3) did not perform an adequate cost realism evaluation; and (4) should have awarded it the contract, since the technical bids were essentially equal and it was the low bidder. GAO held that the Army properly: (1) evaluated the cost and technical bids in accordance with the solicitation's evaluation criteria; (2) notified the bidders that bid evaluation and award would be adjusted for cost realism; and (3) awarded the contract to the technically superior bidder. Accordingly, the protest was denied.