TRS Research--Costs, B-290644.2, June 10, 2003
B-290644.2: Jun 10, 2003
DIGEST Protester's request for recommendation that it be reimbursed costs of pursuing protest is denied where protester fails to document the reasonableness of hourly rate claimed for attorney's services and fails to provide any evidence that it is obligated to pay the legal fees claimed regardless of whether they are recovered from the government. We recommended that the agency conduct the required statutory and regulatory reviews to determine whether the bundling of requirements was justified. The protester was advised to submit to the contracting agency. The legal fees were calculated by multiplying the identified time by a claimed hourly rate of $425. Was based on what appeared to be an unreasonably high hourly rate.