Engineering Services Unlimited, Inc., B-291275; B-291275.2, December 17, 2002 * REDACTED DECISION
B-291275,B-291275.2, Dec 17, 2002
Contracting agency did not induce or coerce the protester into raising its proposed labor rates where the agency was reasonably concerned with protester's ability to attract and retain incumbent personnel. Protest that agency's negotiating techniques led to an impermissible auction is denied. Agency's disclosure that an offeror's proposed labor rates were in certain instances materially lower than current wage rates did not constitute prohibited communications. Which was approximately equal in importance to price. The solicitation also notified offerors that the basis for award was "best value. In its response ESU proposed wage rates for each labor classification that were equal to the revised wage determination.