SelRico Services, Inc.

B-286664.4,B-286664.5,B-287481.2,B-287481.3: Jun 22, 2001

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A firm protested an Air Force reevaluation of proposals and the resulting contract award for mess attendant services at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, contending that (1) the "best value" tradeoff decision supporting the source selection was unreasonable and contrary to the solicitation's evaluation criteria and (2) the Air Force wrongly issued a purchase order to the awardee during the pendency of their protest. GAO held that even when price is the least important evaluation factor under a best-value procurement, the agency may award to an offerer with a lower-priced, lower-rated proposal if it determines that the price premium involved in awarding to an offerer with a higher-rated proposal is too great to justify. Accordingly, the protests were denied.