[Protest of Air Force Contract Award for Navigation System Repairs]

B-276163: May 19, 1997

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A firm protested an Air Force contract award for navigation systems repairs, contending that the Air Force improperly gave the awardee's proposal a low performance risk rating which served as the basis for its award decision. GAO held that the Air Force: (1) unreasonably concluded that the awardee's past experience was similar to the solicitation's requirements; and (2) conceded that the protester, as the incumbent contractor, was the only bidder which had the experience required by the solicitation. Accordingly, the protest was sustained, and GAO recommended that the Air Force: (1) reevaluate the awardee's performance in light of the "same or similar" requirement and document the basis for a particular performance risk rating; (2) make a performance-price tradeoff in accordance with the solicitation's specifications if the awardee is determined to be of other than a low performance risk; (3) depending on the results of that tradeoff, either continue the contract with the awardee or terminate that contract and make award to the protester; (4) amend the solicitation if it, as drafted, does not meet the Air Force's needs and request new best-and-final offers; and (5) reimburse the protester for its protest costs.

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