[Protest of Air Force Contract Award for Fuel Cargo Tank Trucks]

B-252708.2: Aug 24, 1993

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A firm protested an Air Force contract award for fuel cargo tank trucks, contending that the Air Force: (1) conducted an improper cost realism analysis and performance risk evaluation of the awardee's bid; (2) conducted a flawed cost-technical trade-off; and (3) improperly accepted the awardee's below-cost bid. GAO held that the Air Force: (1) conducted a reasonable cost realism evaluation; (2) was not precluded from and properly accepted the awardee's below-cost bid; (3) reasonably evaluated the protester's past performance; and (4) properly awarded the contract to the low bidder, since the protester's high technical score did not justify its price premium. Accordingly, the protest was denied.