[Protest of Army Contract Award for Missile Warhead Metal Parts]

B-277768: Nov 19, 1997

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A firm protested an Army contract award for missile warhead metal parts, contending that the: (1) Army's decision was based on the firm's low past performance evaluation rating, and the Army should have referred the matter to the Small Business Administration (SBA) under certificate-of-competency (COC) procedures; and (2) Army made an unreasonable best value determination by awarding the contract to a significantly higher bidder. GAO held that the: (1) protester's bid did not involve a matter of responsibility subject to SBA's COC procedures; and (2) Army made an appropriate cost/technical tradeoff in selecting the awardee's higher-priced, technically superior bid. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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