[Protest of NCI Contract Award for Technical Support Services]

B-260696: Jul 7, 1995

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A firm protested a National Cancer Institute (NCI) contract award for technical support services, contending that: (1) the awardee misrepresented the availability of its proposed personnel; (2) NCI improperly evaluated the awardee's bid; (3) NCI conducted a flawed cost realism analysis; (4) NCI improperly conducted post-best and final offer negotiations with the awardee; and (5) NCI improperly modified its requirements after award. GAO held that: (1) the protester based its contention that the awardee misrepresented the availability of its proposed personnel on an erroneous interpretation of the solicitation; (2) there was no evidence that NCI misevaluated the awardee's bid; (3) the cost realism analysis did not prejudice either bidder; (4) NCI properly conducted limited negotiations with only the awardee to finalize the agreement; and (5) NCI did not modify the solicitation requirements. Accordingly, the protest was denied.