[Protest of Air Force Contract Award for Civil Engineering Support]

B-257630: Oct 24, 1994

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A firm protested an Air Force small business contract award for civil engineering support, contending that the Air Force: (1) failed to provide it pre-award notice of the proposed award, which deprived it of an opportunity to timely challenge the awardee's size status; (2) improperly evaluated the bids; and (3) held unequal discussions with the bidders. GAO held that the Air Force: (1) reasonably waived the pre-award notice requirement in order to prevent interruptions in services; (2) could not extend the protester's incumbent contract to cover the transition, since its contract had been extended to its permissible limit; (3) reasonably investigated the awardee's size status and made an affirmative responsibility determination; (4) held equal discussions with the bidders and reasonably sought clarification of the bidders' direct and indirect costs; and (5) reasonably evaluated the bids and made award to the bidder that represented the best value to the government. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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