Kaneohe General Services, Inc., B-293097.2, February 2, 2004 * REDACTED DECISION
B-293097.2: Feb 2, 2004
DIGEST Protest that agency improperly induced offeror to increase its price during discussions is denied where record shows discussions were proper and that protester increased its price in an exercise of its own business judgment. The agency unfairly misled it into believing its prices were unreasonably low. The two equally weighted factors for award were price and technical (which included two equally weighted subfactors. Eight proposals were received in response to the RFP. Two rounds of discussions were conducted and final proposal revisions were received from five firms. KN's proposal's technical evaluation ratings were higher overall than those assigned to the Kaneohe proposal. Kaneohe contends that the agency misled it into believing that some of its line item prices were unreasonably low and unfairly induced it to increase its overall price during discussions to an amount only slightly higher than that proposed by the awardee.