[Protest of GSA Contract Award for Trucks and Cars]

B-270962,B-270962.2: May 1, 1996

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A firm protested a General Services Administration (GSA) contract award for trucks and cars, contending that: (1) GSA improperly waived a definitive responsibility criterion for the awardee; and (2) the awardee's bid was below cost. GAO held that: (1) GSA reasonably determined that the awardee met the definitive responsibility criterion before award was made; (2) there was no evidence that the awardee had teamed or colluded with any other entity to ensure successful performance of the contract; (3) it would not review the GSA responsibility determination, since the protester failed to present any evidence that GSA acted in bad faith; and (4) the awardee's alleged below-cost bid was not a valid basis for protest. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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