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A company protested the bid evaluation method and formula contained in an invitation for bids for helicopter services. The invitation's award evaluation formula was improper because it was functionally identical to cost per single helitact mission formula found improper in a prior decision. Award on either basis could cost the Government more over the contract term than the award based on an hourly flight rate bid and guaranteed flight hours. Therefore, cancellation of item one and resolicitation using the cost evaluation criteria was recommended to obtain the lowest possible total cost to the Government.

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