[Protest of HUD Contract Award for Real Estate Closing Services]

B-261164: Aug 21, 1995

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A firm protested a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) contract award for real estate closing services, contending that HUD: (1) unreasonably evaluated its technical proposal and applied unstated evaluation criteria in its evaluation; (2) failed to hold meaningful discussions with it regarding its bid deficiencies; and (3) made an unreasonable cost-technical tradeoff decision. GAO held that HUD: (1) reasonably determined that the protester's technical proposal contained numerous deficiencies; (2) did not apply unstated evaluation criteria in its technical bid evaluation; (3) held meaningful discussions with the protester regarding its bid deficiencies; and (4) reasonably determined that the awardee's technical superiority justified its higher bid price. Accordingly, the protest was denied.