[Protest of MTMC Contract Awards for Commercial Travel Management Services]

B-257292.7: Dec 20, 1994

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A firm protested a Military Traffic Management Command contract award for commercial travel management services, contending that: (1) the solicitation improperly included both official and unofficial travel services and required the payment of certain fees in violation of laws governing the expenditure of appropriated funds; (2) the MTMC technical evaluation of bids was unreasonable; and (3) MTMC improperly awarded the contract based on initial bids without conducting discussions. GAO held that: (1) it would not consider the protest concerning the alleged improper combination of official and unofficial travel services, since it had resolved the issue in a recent decision involving the same protester; (2) MTMC reasonably evaluated the bids in accordance with the solicitation specifications, and determined that the protester's bid was significantly disadvantageous; (3) the protester's mere disagreement with the evaluation finding was not a reasonable basis for protest; and (4) MTMC reasonably awarded the contract without discussions and based on initial bids, since the terms of the solicitation stated its intent to do so. Accordingly, the protest was denied.