[Protest of SSA Contract Award for Mail Sorting Services]

B-275073,B-275073.2: Jan 23, 1997

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A firm protested a Social Security Administration (SSA) contract award for mail sorting services, contending that the awardee's bid should have been rejected for failure to provide 5-digit zip code sorting services. GAO held that: (1) mail qualification at the 5-digit rate was not a SSA requirement; (2) the only requirement was that SSA receive the benefit of the 5-digit rate if it was available to the contractor; and (3) the evaluation record showed that SSA reasonably evaluated the awardee's proposal solely on its experience in 3-digit sorting operations. Accordingly, the protest was denied.