[Protest of NARA Contract Award for Maintenance Services]

B-253350: Sep 14, 1993

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A firm protested a National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) contract award for building operations and maintenance services, contending that NARA unreasonably rejected its bid as materially unbalanced. GAO held that: (1) the protester's bid was not mathematically or materially unbalanced, since each element of contract performance bore its proportionate share of cost; and (2) there was no clear evidence that the protester's low bid for one option understated its cost. Accordingly, the protest was sustained and GAO recommended that NARA: (1) reevaluate the bids on the basis of the options most likely to be exercised; (2) terminate the awardee's contract if it determines that another bid is the best value for the government and make award appropriately; and (3) reimburse the protester for its protest costs.