[Protest of Labor Rejection of Bid for Program Management Services]

B-286297: Dec 20, 2000

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A firm protested the Department of Labor's (DOL) rejection of its bid for program management services, contending that its representative's limited commitment to the contract did not give rise to a deficiency in its proposal because the solicitation did not require key personnel to commit themselves for the full life of the contract, allowing post-award substitution of personnel with DOL's permission. GAO held that DOL reasonably rejected the protester's proposal as technically unacceptable, since the proposal failed to conform to the solicitation's requirement that key personnel remain for the duration of the contract, barring any unforeseen circumstances. Accordingly, the protest was denied..

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