Link: GAO Decision
Agency: General Services Administration
Disposition: Protest Denied.
Protest that agency misevaluated protester’s proposal is denied where record indicates that the agency’s evaluation was consistent with terms of solicitation.
General Counsel P.C. Highlight:
Dellew-Olympus Joint Venture protested the award to Satellite Services, Inc. (SSI) of a contract for operations and mechanical maintenance services at Bannister Federal Building Complex in Kansas City, Missouri. Award was made on a best-value basis, and SSI proposal had offered the lowest overall price with the second highest technical rating. Dellew-Olympus argued that it should have received the highest possible point scores on the staffing-personnel and CMMS experience subfactors.
The GAO found reasonable the agency’s decision not to award the maximum possible points to a proposal that did not articulate how its staffing approach would accommodate sick and vacation leave. It also found it reasonable that the agency chose not to give the maximum possible points on the CMMS experience subfactor when Dellew-Olympus did not provide for “validated training,” when the agency had indicated a preference for “validated training” in the RFP.
Disappointed offerors should think carefully about the value of protesting an award when the sole grounds for protest are evaluation results. So long as the agency’s evaluation was reasonable and in line with the evaluation criteria indicated in the RFP, the GAO will not challenge its determination.