[Protest of HUD Contract Award for Housing Authority Management and Operation]

B-222865: Aug 22, 1986

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An individual protested the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) proposed contract award for management and operation services, contending that the proposed award was not consistent with the solicitation's evaluation criteria. GAO noted that: (1) the original HUD selection official recommended that the protester receive the award; and (2) the new selection official decided to award the contract to another bidder. The protester specifically contended that: (1) the new source selection official should not have superseded the original award selection; (2) the proposed awardee's performance on a previous contract was not excellent and should not have been considered in the evaluation; (3) HUD would not have taken a risk by awarding the contract to him; (4) the proposed awardee failed to identify all of its key personnel; (5) the new selection officer improperly placed more emphasis on the cost factors than on the technical evaluation factors; (6) HUD should have raised his score and lowered the proposed awardee's score; and (7) HUD was biased against him since he was not a large, national firm. GAO held that: (1) the new source selection officer properly reversed the original decision for contract award based on an initial failure to consider cost in the evaluation; and (2) HUD reasonably examined the merits of each proposal before awarding the contract. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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