Army Acquisition:

Contract for the Reserve Component Automation System

NSIAD-93-5: Published: Nov 5, 1992. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's award of the Reserve Component Automation System (RCAS) contract, focusing on: (1) whether the Army complied with applicable acquisition laws and regulations; and (2) the Army's justification for awarding the contract to a higher bidder.

GAO found that the: (1) Army properly followed applicable laws and regulations and performed a proper cost and technical analysis; (2) Army's source selection authority properly prepared the necessary pre-solicitation and solicitation documents including an acquisition strategy, acquisition plan, and a source selection plan; (3) Army listed the five evaluation factors in order of priority and noted that the successful contractor would be the one that provided the best cost and technical capabilities; (4) Army solicitation clearly communicated the priority of technical capabilities over cost concerns; (5) Army properly determined that the awardee's proposed system more than offset its higher bid; and (6) procurement fully conformed with the source selection plan and the Army provided adequate information to all prospective offerers in the solicitation.

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