[Protest of Marine Corps Contract Award for Software]

B-275055,B-275055.2: Jan 21, 1997

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A firm protested a Marine Corps contract award for commercial off-the-shelf software, contending that: (1) the Marine Corps unreasonably evaluated the technical proposals; (2) the Corps performed an improper price realism evaluation; and (3) it was entitled to award, since it had the highest technical score and lowest price. GAO held that the Marine Corps: (1) reasonably evaluated the bid prices in accordance with the solicitation's evaluation criteria; (2) conducted a proper cost realism analysis; and (3) reasonably made award to the bidder that offered the best value to the government. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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