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Statement on Sierra Nevada Bid Protest Decision

The following is a statement from Ralph O. White, Managing Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law at GAO, regarding today’s decision resolving a protest filed by Sierra Nevada Corp., B-410485, et al., January 5, 2015.

On January 5, 2015, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied a protest filed by Sierra Nevada Corp., of Louisville, Colorado, challenging the award of contracts to The Boeing Co., Space Exploration, of Houston, Texas, and to Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), of Hawthorne, California, by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for NASA’s Commercial Crew Transportation Capability Contract (CCtCap).  Sierra Nevada argued, among other things, that NASA’s evaluation departed from the solicitation’s stated evaluation and selection criteria by significantly elevating NASA’s stated “goal” of obtaining an integrated crew transportation system no later than the end of 2017, and by failing to put offerors on notice that the agency’s goal would be central to the evaluation and selection decision. 

As explained in our decision, in this procurement, Sierra Nevada offered its Dream Chaser crew transportation system (a lifting body spacecraft), launched using United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 launch vehicle, and landed horizontally on normal runways.  Sierra Nevada’s price was $2.55 billion.

Boeing offered its CST-100 crew transportation system (a capsule spacecraft), also launched using United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 launch vehicle, and landed using parachute and airbag systems for hard-surface landings, or contingency water landings.  Boeing’s price was $3.01 billion. 

SpaceX offered its Crew Dragon crew transportation system (also a capsule spacecraft), launched using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle, and landed using parachutes and propulsive soft landing systems for hard-surface landings, or contingency water landings.  SpaceX’s price was $1.75 billion.

In making its selection decision, NASA concluded that the proposals submitted by Boeing and SpaceX represented the best value to the government.  Specifically, NASA recognized Boeing’s higher price, but also considered Boeing’s proposal to be the strongest of all three proposals in terms of technical approach, management approach, and past performance, and to offer the crew transportation system with most utility and highest value to the government.  NASA also recognized several favorable features in the Sierra Nevada and SpaceX proposals, but ultimately concluded that SpaceX’s lower price made it a better value than the proposal submitted by Sierra Nevada. 

GAO disagreed with Sierra Nevada’s arguments about NASA’s evaluation, and found no undue emphasis on NASA’s consideration of each offeror’s proposed schedule, and likelihood to achieve crew transportation system certification not later than 2017.  GAO also noted that, contrary to Sierra Nevada’s assertions, the RFP clearly advised offerors that their proposals would be evaluated against the goal of certification by the end of 2017. 

Sierra Nevada also argued that NASA conducted an inadequate review of the realism of SpaceX’s price and overall financial resources, conducted a flawed and disparate evaluation of proposals under the mission suitability evaluation factor, and improperly evaluated the relevance of offerors’ past performance.  Based on our review of the issues, we concluded that these arguments were not supported by the evaluation record or by the terms of the solicitation.     

The GAO decision takes no position on the relative merits of these proposal approaches to NASA’s Commercial Crew Transportation Capability Contract.  Instead, GAO reviewed the conclusions reached by NASA to determine if they were reasonable, and consistent with the evaluation approach NASA set out in its solicitation.   

Because this protest decision contains proprietary and source selection sensitive information, release of the decision, at this point, is limited to NASA personnel and to outside counsel who have been admitted under the GAO protective order issued for this protest.  The parties have been directed to submit proposed redactions for the purpose of preparing a public version of the decision.  GAO expects to publish a public version of the decision as soon as possible; however, the release of a public decision may take a few weeks.  When the public version of the decision is available, it will be posted to our website, www.gao.gov.

For more information, please contact Ralph O. White at 202-512-8278.

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Statement on Sierra Nevada Bid Protest Decision
http://www.gao.gov/press/pr_statement_sierra_nevada_bid_protest.htm

Jan 5, 2015
The following is a statement from Ralph O. White, Managing Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law at GAO, regarding today’s decision resolving a protest filed by Sierra Nevada Corp., B-410485, et al., January 5, 2015. On January 5, 2015, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied a protest filed by Sierra Nevada Corp., of Louisville, Colorado, challenging the award of contracts to The Boeing Co...
GAO Makes MACPAC Appointments
http://www.gao.gov/press/macpac_appointments_2015.html

Dec 19, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (December 19, 2014) – Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of six new members to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) and the designation of the Commission’s new Vice Chair. “In making today’s appointments, GAO was able to draw from an exceptionally stron...
GAO Rises in "Best Places to Work" Rankings
http://www.gao.gov/press/best_places_2014.htm

Dec 9, 2014
Washington, D.C. (December 9, 2014) – The Partnership for Public Service today announced that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has again placed highly in its roster of the best places to work in the federal government, rising to second place among mid-size agencies. GAO ranked third in that category in 2013. The independent, legislative branch support agency also again ranked number one in its s...
GAO Makes Appointment to PCORI Governing Board
http://www.gao.gov/press/pcori_governing_board_2014sep30.htm

Sep 30, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (September 30, 2014) — Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of Barbara J. McNeil, MD, PhD, the Ridley Watts Professor and founding head of the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, to the Governing Board of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). ...
GAO Names New Members to PCORI Methodology Committee
http://www.gao.gov/press/pcori_methodology_comm2014sep18.htm

Sep 18, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (September 18, 2014) - Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of three new members to the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The Methodology Committee has the important job of assisting PCORI develop and update methodological standards and guid...
Team of Independent Auditors Gives GAO "Clean Opinion" on its Quality System
http://www.gao.gov/press/pr_clean_opinion_sep_2014.htm

Sep 12, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (September 12, 2014) – The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has received a “clean opinion”—the best review possible—from an independent international peer review team that closely examined the agency’s quality assurance system. This year’s review cited GAO’s institutional structures and organizational culture for clearly prioritizing quality and independence, values that GAO ...
GAO Issues "Green Book" Update to Help Improve Government Accountability and Performance
http://www.gao.gov/press/pr_green_book_sep_2014.htm

Sep 10, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (September 10, 2014)—In an effort to help all federal agencies improve their performance, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) today issued its revised Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government, also known as the “Green Book." The book sets the standards for an effective internal control system for federal agencies, a crucial safeguard over public resources. Internal contr...
GAO Makes MedPAC Appointments and Designates Vice Chair
http://www.gao.gov/press/medpac_appointments_vice_chair2014may29.htm

May 29, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (May 29, 2014) – Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of three new members to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), as well as the reappointment of two existing members and the designation of the Commission’s Vice Chair. “MedPAC serves an important advisory role. We were...
GAO Makes Appointments to Health IT Policy Committee
http://www.gao.gov/press/appointments_hitpc_2014apr29.htm

Apr 29, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 29, 2014) — Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced three appointments to the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee: Christoph U. Lehmann, MD, who will fill the position of an expert on vulnerable populations; Neal Patterson, who will fill the position of an HIT vendor; and Kim Schofi...
U.S. Government's 2013 Financial Report Reflects Continuing Financial Management and Fiscal Challenges
http://www.gao.gov/press/challenges_governments2013financial_report.htm

Feb 27, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 27, 2014) -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) cannot render an opinion on the FY2013 consolidated financial statements of the federal government because of continuing serious material internal control weaknesses, significant uncertainties, and other limitations. While significant improvements occurred during the past year, such as the Department of Homeland Security receivi...
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