Link: GAO Opinion
Agency: Department of the Army
Disposition: Protest denied.
Keywords: Corporate capability; Past performance
In a solicitation that provided for multiple awards of indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts for professional services, the Army reasonably concluded that the proposal presented moderate risk under the corporate capability factor and unknown risk under the past performance factor, and therefore it was not among the proposals that provided the best value to the government notwithstanding its comparatively low price. In reviewing protests challenging an agency’s evaluation of proposals, the GAO will not substitute its judgment for that of the agency regarding the merits of the proposal; rather it will examine the agency’s evaluation only to ensure that it was reasonable and consistent with the solicitation’s evaluation criteria, and with applicable statutes and regulations. The Army was found to have reasonably determined that Computer Universal Inc.’s lower price was not worth the added risk of its proposal.