[Protest of Navy Solicitation for Lodging, Meals, and Transportation]

B-270819.2: May 14, 1996

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A firm protested a Navy solicitation for lodging, meals, and transportation services, contending that the: (1) Navy improperly used negotiated procurement procedures; (2) Navy should not have considered past contractor performance in making its award decision; and (3) Navy's transportation requirement was vague and ambiguous. GAO held that the Navy: (1) properly used negotiated procedures, since award was not based on price alone; (2) reasonably considered bidders' past performance before making award; and (3) gave a fair and precise estimate of transportation expenses so that bidders could compete on an equal basis. Accordingly, the protest was denied.