[Protests of USMS Contract Award for Seized Vehicle Disposal]

B-279756,B-279756.2: Jul 17, 1998

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A firm protested a United States Marshals Services (USMS) contract award for services involving the disposal of vehicles seized by the government, contending that: (1) it should have been awarded the contract based upon its many years of successful performance of such contracts and because its proposed price was less than the awardee's; and (2) USMS failed to follow the solicitation's evaluation scheme, since it could not justify paying a significantly higher price to have the work performed by the awardee. GAO held that: (1) USMS reasonably evaluated the proposals in accordance with the solicitation's evaluation criteria; (2) the awardee's proposal received the greatest number of combined price/technical evaluation points under the solicitation's price/technical tradeoff formula; and (3) USMS reasonably determined that the superior technical merit of the awardee's proposal warranted its higher price. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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