[Protest of AID Contract Award for Technical Services]
B-255236,B-255236.2,B-255236.4: Feb 18, 1994
- Full Report:
A firm protested an Agency for International Development (AID) contract award for technical and management services, contending that: (1) the solicitation specifications were vague and defective; (2) AID improperly evaluated bids and did not justify its award to the high bidder; (3) AID did not conduct meaningful discussions with it; and (4) AID should have excluded the awardee from the competition, since its subcontractor had an organizational conflict of interest. GAO held that: (1) the protester untimely filed after bid opening its protest regarding alleged solicitation defects; (2) AID properly awarded the contract, since it reasonably determined that the awardee's high bid was technically superior; (3) AID conducted meaningful discussions, since it advised the protester of bid deficiencies and afforded the protester an opportunity to correct them; and (4) AID properly included the awardee in the competition, since the awardee's subcontractor did not have an organizational conflict of interest. Accordingly, the protest was denied.