Link: GAO Opinion
Agency: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Disposition: Protest denied.
Keywords: Technical Evaluation
General Counsel P.C. Highlight: It is a vendor’s burden to submit an adequately written quotation in response to an RFQ and the vendor runs the risk that its quotation will be evaluated unfavorably where it fails to do so.
George T. Brown Associates, Inc. (Brown) protests the issuance of a purchase order under a request for quotations (RFQ), issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), for live webcasting.
The RFQ was issued as a total small business set-aside and contemplated the issuance of a fixed-price purchase order for full turnkey services to provide live webcasting of a three-day public meeting of the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB). The meeting was to discuss issues pertaining to information security and privacy. The RFQ included a statement of work that included eight specific tasks to be performed. One task required the contractor to provide a link to the NIST website and provide a webcast page with the “same look/feel” as the current ISPAB page; another task required the contractor to allow viewers to send, post, and tag questions to posted agenda items.
Brown’s quotation was also found unacceptable under the task requiring that viewers be allowed to send, post, and tag questions to posted agenda items. Brown’s quotation stated that the firm would provide an e-mail link and instructions for submitting questions “if requested.”