Olympus Building Services, Inc.
B-296741.14,B-296741.15, Apr 20, 2007
Olympus Building Services, Inc. protests the award of a contract to Rowe Contracting Services, Inc. under request for proposals (RFP) No. HHM402-05-R-0017, issued by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for janitorial services at the DIA Analysis Center. Olympus challenges the proposal evaluation and best value determination.
We deny the protest.
B-296741.14; B-296741.15, Olympus Building Services, Inc., April 20, 2007
DOCUMENT FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
The decision issued on the date below was subject to a GAO Protective Order. This redacted version has been approved for public release.
1. Protest that agency improperly evaluated awardee's security awareness plan is denied where agency reasonably found that information provided by awardee to address agency's concerns raised during discussions was adequate.
2. Agency's determination that awardee's proposed price was not so low as to present a performance risk was reasonable where agency found price realistic based on comparison of awardee's proposed price to those of other offerors.
Olympus Building Services, Inc. protests the award of a contract to Rowe Contracting Services, Inc. under request for proposals (RFP) No. HHM402-05-R-0017, issued by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for janitorial services at the
The solicitation, issued on
DIA initially made award to The Ravens Group on
In reviewing a protest against an agency's proposal evaluation, our role is limited to ensuring that the evaluation was reasonable and consistent with the terms of the solicitation and applicable statues and regulations. Phillips Med. Sys. of N. Am., B-293945.2,
Here, the RFP did not require that the security awareness plan be presented in any particular format or include any particular information; thus, the fact that the plan could have included additional information did not require the agency to find it deficient. The plan Rowe presented included information addressing security awareness and, given the absence from the RFP of detailed informational requirements, we think the agency reasonably could determine that this information was sufficient to address its concerns.
Where, as here, a fixed-price contract is to be awarded, a solicitation may provide for the use of a price realism analysis for the limited purpose of measuring an offeror's understanding of the requirements, or assessing the risk inherent in a proposal. Rodgers Travel, Inc., B-291785,
The analysis here was unobjectionable.
BEST VALUE DETERMINATION
This argument is without merit. First, the record shows that the agency noted the offerors' staffing only in the context of the price evaluation. SSD at 9-11, 15. We see nothing improper in an agency's considering the number of personnel that will be provided under a contract--that is, what the agency is getting for its money--when comparing proposed prices. In any case, we will not sustain a protest absent competitive prejudice, that is, unless the protester demonstrates that, but for the agency's actions, it would have had a substantial chance of receiving the award. Parmatic Filter Corp., B-285288.3, B-285288.4, Mar. 30, 2001, 2001 CPD para. 71 at 11. Here, even if we found that
The protest is denied.
Gary L. Kepplinger