[Protest of NASA Contract Award for Grounds Maintenance Services]

B-279633: Jun 3, 1998

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A firm protested a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contract award for grounds maintenance services, contending that: (1) NASA's integrity in the procurement process had been compromised by the disclosure of the bid prices from a cancelled solicitation; (2) the awardee's line item prices on the solicitation were unbalanced; and (3) the solicitation's terms unfairly favored the awardee. GAO held that: (1) NASA properly disclosed bid prices to competitors after the prices had been announced at a public bid opening; (2) NASA properly determined that the slightly unbalanced sub-line item prices did not pose an unacceptable price risk and did not indicate that the government would be paying unreasonably high prices for contract performance; and (3) the protester's allegation that the terms of the solicitation unfairly favored the awardee was untimely filed. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.