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

B-270693: Mar 15, 1996

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A firm protested the Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) rejection of its bid and subsequent contract award for real estate closing services, contending that HUD improperly: (1) excluded its bid from the competitive range; and (2) made award to the awardee at a higher price. GAO held that: (1) HUD reasonably determined that the awardee's technically superior, higher-priced bid represented the best value to the government; (2) HUD reasonably determined that the protester's bid would require significant revision to become technically acceptable; and (3) the protester was not sufficiently interested to protest the award, since it would not have been in line for award even if its protest were sustained. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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