[Protest of GSA Contract Award for Radon Mitigation System]

B-265746: Nov 22, 1995

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A firm protested a General Services Administration (GSA) contract award for a radon mitigation system, contending that: (1) GSA made an improper cost/technical trade-off when it selected the awardee's lower cost, technically inferior bid; (2) GSA failed to follow the solicitation's evaluation scheme which gave technical factors greater weight than price; and (3) the awardee's technical approach was unacceptable. GAO held that GSA: (1) made a proper cost/technical trade-off in selecting the awardee's' bid; (2) reasonably determined that the protester's slight technical superiority did not warrant its higher bid price; and (3) reasonably determined that the awardee's technical approach was acceptable. Accordingly, the protest was denied.