[Protest of VA Contract Award for Research Study Support]

B-251225.3: Oct 19, 1993

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A firm protested a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) contract award for research study support, contending that VA: (1) did not conduct meaningful cost negotiations with it; (2) refused to allow it to submit a revised bid; (3) improperly disclosed its bid to the other bidders; and (4) improperly awarded the contract to the low bidder. GAO held that VA: (1) properly conducted meaningful discussions with the protester; (2) provided the protester an opportunity to submit a revised bid; (3) reasonably concluded that submission of the protester's revised bid would unnecessarily delay the procurement; (4) did not advise the protester of its relative standing in its discussions; and (5) reasonably determined that the technical bids were essentially equal and award to the low bidder would be the most advantageous to the government. Accordingly, the protest was denied.