[Protest of FEMA Contract Award for Fire Safety and EMS Educational Support Services]

B-258812: Feb 17, 1995

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A firm protested a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) contract award for fire safety and educational support services, contending that FEMA: (1) failed to conduct meaningful discussions with it regarding apparent deficiencies in its bid; (2) improperly evaluated its bid based on unstated evaluation criteria; and (3) performed an unreasonable cost realism analysis. GAO held that FEMA: (1) conducted meaningful discussions, since it advised the protester of its bid deficiencies; (2) properly evaluated the protester's bid based on matters reasonably related to the stated evaluation criteria; and (3) performed a reasonable cost realism analysis when it selected the awardee's technically superior bid. Accordingly, the protest was denied.