[Protest of AID Rejection of Bid for Technical Assistance and Training Services]

B-286663: Jan 31, 2001

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A firm protested an Aid for International Development (AID) contract award for technical assistance and training in natural resources management, contending that AID (1) misled it during discussions and (2) improperly held discussions with the awardee. GAO held that (1) AID improperly held discussions with only one competitive range bidder and (2) the protester was prejudiced by AID's failure to conduct discussions with it because its proposal could have been improved through additional communication. Accordingly, the protest was sustained, and GAO recommended that AID (1) reopen discussions with all competitive range bidders, request another round of revised proposals, and make a new best value determination, (2) terminate the awardee's contract if it is determined that another bidder's proposal offers the best value to the government, and (3) reimburse the protester for its protest costs.