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GAO Decision - Solers, Inc. (B-404032.3; B-404032.4, April 6, 2011)


Link to the case:  http://www.gao.gov/decisions/bidpro/4040323.htm


1. Protest is sustained where the awardee's proposal improperly took exception to the solicitation requirement to propose a fixed price.

2. Protest challenging the evaluation of the offerors' past performance is sustained where the record does not permit a meaningful review of whether the agency's evaluation was reasonable.

3. Protest challenging the evaluation of offerors' technical proposals is sustained where the record does not demonstrate that agency reasonably evaluated the qualifications of the awardee's proposed personnel.


Solers, Inc., of Arlington, Virginia, protests the issuance of a task order to Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. (BAH), of McLean, Virginia, by the Department of Defense, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) under request for quotations (RFQ) No. DIAMZ03204 for support of the DISA Program Executive Office--Mission Assurance and Network Operations Cross Domain Solutions. Solers argues that DISA improperly issued the task order to BAH because the awardee's proposal took exception to the RFQ requirement to propose a fixed price. The protester also argues that the agency's evaluation of the offerors' past performance and technical approaches was flawed.

We sustain the protest.

Commentary:  There is nothing especially new in this case but it does serve as a great reminder regarding the importance of thoroughly documenting your source selection decisions.  I also need to editorialize that this case uses a great deal of “Part 15” terminology throughout.  We have a post on that topic here so I won’t beat it to death.  Any thoughts on how DISA might have mitigated their protest risk?


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