[Protest of AID Contract Award for Installation Services]

B-281028.2: Dec 29, 1998

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A firm protested an Agency for International Development (AID) contract award for installation of security/safety window film, contending that: (1) AID failed to make a best value determination consistent with the solicitation; and (2) the awardee could not meet certain specifications. GAO held that AID: (1) conducted a reasonable price/technical tradeoff in selecting the lower-priced, technically acceptable bid; and (2) reasonably determined that the protester's longer warranty coverage was not worth its higher price. Accordingly, the protest was denied.