[Protest of Army Contract Award for Health Care Management and Technical Services]

B-253751: Oct 19, 1993

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A firm protested an Army contract award for health care management and technical services, contending that the: (1) Army should have rejected the awardee's bid as technically unacceptable, since its technical approach did not meet the solicitation's specifications; (2) Army's technical evaluators were unqualified; and (3) Army conducted improper discussions with the awardee. GAO held that: (1) the Army properly determined that the awardee's bid was acceptable, since the solicitation did not specify that bidders should use a particular technical approach; (2) it would not consider the technical evaluators' qualifications, since the protester failed to provide a basis to object to the technical evaluators; and (3) the Army's verification of the awardee's bid did not constitute improper discussions. Accordingly, the protest was denied.