[Protest of Navy Contract Award for Aircraft Testing Systems Repair and Modification]

B-260399.2: Jul 11, 1995

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A firm protested a Navy Aviation Supply Office contract award for aircraft testing systems repair and modification and for the operation of a reporting system, contending that the: (1) awardee's bid price was unbalanced and would not become low until late in the contract term; (2) government estimates were inaccurate; and (3) Navy improperly deleted the government-furnished property (GFP) evaluation factor from the solicitation. GAO held that the: (1) protester untimely filed after bid opening its protest of the government estimates and the elimination of the GFP evaluation factor; (2) Navy reasonably allowed in its estimates for the small possibility of the failure of certain parts that had no history of repairs; and (3) Navy reasonably determined that the awardee's bid would result in the lowest cost to the government, since there was no evidence that the contract options would not be exercised. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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