[Protests of USMS Contract Award for Security Services]

B-255483.4,B-255483.5,B-256428.2,B-256430.2,B-256431.2,B-256433.: Apr 26, 1994

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Two firms protested a United States Marshals Service (USMS) contract award for court security services, contending that USMS: (1) improperly evaluated their unit and performance costs; and (2) should have rejected the awardee's bid, since it did not meet the solicitation's business license and management requirements. The first protester also contended that USMS: (1) improperly ignored weaknesses in the awardee's bid; and (2) did not conduct adequate discussions with it. The second protester also requested reconsideration of five dismissed protests. GAO held that USMS: (1) reasonably evaluated the bidders' proposed unit prices and performance costs; and (2) properly determined that the awardee's bid met the solicitation's licensing and management requirements; (3) properly recognized deficiencies in the awardee's bid and downgraded its bid accordingly; and (4) conducted adequate discussions with the first protester regarding its bid deficiencies. GAO also held that the second protester's requests for reconsideration were untimely, since it did not diligently pursue its previous protests. Accordingly, the protests and requests for reconsideration were denied.