Link: GAO Opinion
Agency: Department of the Air Force
Disposition: Protest denied.
General Counsel P.C. Highlight:
GAO denied the protest of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS), regarding the award of a contract to HDT Tactical Systems, Inc. (HDT), under a request for proposals (RFP) issued by the Department of the Air Force for Guardian Angel Air-Deployable Rescue Vehicles (GAARVs).
The RFP was for the award of a fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract and considered the following factors: technical performance; manufacturing; and product support. Offerors were required to provide evidence that their vehicles met all of the mandatory requirements, including that the GAARVs “be steerable and stoppable by at least one RT [Rescue Team] member other than the driver,” and that it “provide rollover protection to two litter patients and GA RT [Guardian Angel Rescue Team] in all crew positions.”
GD-OTS argued that HDT’s proposal should have been rejected where HDT’s vehicle did not meet the two requirements above. GAO found that HDT met the requirement that the vehicle be steerable and stoppable by a crew member other than the driver. Although GD-OTS argued that the other crew member had to be capable of performing the functions while remaining belted into the seat, the RFP never contained that requirement. With regard to the second requirement, GD-OTS argued that HDT’s proposal should have been rejected where HDT did not offer any evidence that the rollover protection identified was strong enough to protect the litter patients and crew members. GAO found that the agency is responsible for evaluating the proposals and determining whether they are sufficient to meet the requirements, not GD-OTS. The solicitation also did not require detailed test data demonstrating the strength and adequacy of the rollover protection systems.