[Protest of Commerce Contract Award for Research Support]

B-255158.2: Feb 8, 1994

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A firm protested a Department of Commerce contract award for systems research and development support services, contending that Commerce: (1) improperly evaluated its bid; (2) failed to hold meaningful discussions; (3) was biased against it; and (4) improperly allowed the awardee access to its proprietary information. GAO held that: (1) it would only consider the protester's bid evaluation protest, since it failed to respond to Commerce's report on the other protest allegations; and (2) there was no basis to sustain the bid evaluation protest, since the protester's technical score would still be lower than the awardee's technical score even if it was awarded all the disputed points. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.