[Protest of Commerce Rejection of Bid for Information Technology Services]

B-283137.3,B-283137.4,B-283137.5,B-283137.6: Dec 30, 1999

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Two firms protested the Department of Commerce's rejection of their bids for information technology services and products, contending that Commerce eliminated their proposals from the competition without properly evaluating their complete technical and price proposals. GAO held that Commerce improperly eliminated the protesters' technically acceptable proposals from consideration for award without considering price and without considering the protesters' complete technical proposals. Accordingly, the protests were sustained, and GAO recommended that Commerce: (1) either afford the protesters an opportunity to make oral presentations or amend the solicitation to eliminate oral presentations altogether and solicit revised proposals from all bidders; (2) reevaluate all proposals against the solicitation criteria, select awardees through written source selection decisions that consider all of the evaluation criteria, including price, and terminate previously selected contract awards that are not consistent with this new criteria; and (3) reimburse the protesters for their protest costs.

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