Lockheed Martin Systems Integration-Owego; Sikorsky Aircraft Company
B-299145.5,B-299145.6: Aug 30, 2007
Lockheed Martin Systems Integration-Owego (LMSI) and Sikorsky Aircraft Company protest the corrective action undertaken by the Department of the Air Force in response to our decision, Sikorsky Aircraft Co.; Lockheed Martin Sys. Integration-Owego, B-299145 et al., Feb. 26, 2007, 2007 CPD para. 45, in which we sustained the protests of LMSI and Sikorsky against the Air Force's award of a contract to The Boeing Company under request for proposals (RFP) No. FA8629-06-R-2350, for the Combat Search and Rescue Replacement Vehicle (CSAR-X). We sustained the protests on the basis that the Air Force's evaluation of operations and support (O&S) costs was inconsistent with the evaluation methodology set forth in the solicitation. We recommended that the Air Force amend the solicitation to clarify its intent with respect to the evaluation of O&S costs, reopen discussions with offerors consistent with our decision, and then request revised proposals. LMSI and Sikorsky principally allege that, although the amendment to the solicitation issued by the agency in response to our decision materially altered the stated evaluation methodology, it limits the extent to which offerors are permitted to revise their proposals; the protesters maintain that, given the change in the evaluation methodology, the limitation on revisions is unreasonable.
We sustain the protests.