[Protest of State Contract Award for Uniformed Armed and Unarmed Guard Services]

B-271385.4,B-271385.5,B-271385.6,B-271385.7,B-271385.8: Sep 23, 1996

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Two firms protested a Department of State contract award for uniformed armed and unarmed guard services, contending that: (1) State improperly evaluated the awardee's technical proposal; (2) the awardee's proposal should have been rejected as mathematically unbalanced; and (3) State failed to adequately analyze the awardee's low bid price. GAO held that: (1) the evaluation of the awardee's bid was reasonable and consistent with the evaluation criteria; (2) the awardee's bid was not mathematically unbalanced, since it reflected the government's anticipated requirements and would result in the lowest overall cost to the government; (3) State did not evaluate the realism of the awardee's price, since the contract placed upon the contractor the risk and responsibility for loss; and (4) State's analysis of the awardee's bid price was reasonable, since it compared the awardee's price with the other bid prices received and performed a crosswalk analysis to ensure that the awardee's proposed methodology for meeting certain technical requirements was supported by its proposed price. Accordingly, the protests were denied.

Mar 20, 2018

Mar 19, 2018

  • Ampcus, Inc.
    We deny the protest.
  • AMAR Health IT, LLC
    We dismiss the protest because our Office does not have jurisdiction to entertain protests of task orders issued under civilian agency multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts that are valued at less than $10 million.
  • Centurum, Inc.--Costs
    We grant the request.

Mar 15, 2018

  • ORBIS Sibro, Inc.
    We sustain the protest in part and deny it in part.

Mar 14, 2018

Mar 13, 2018

  • Interoperability Clearinghouse
    We dismiss the protest because the protester, a not-for-profit entity, is not an interested party to challenge this sole-source award to an Alaska Native Corporation under the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) program.
  • Yang Enterprises, Inc.
    We dismiss the protest.

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