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Your Experience, Capability Can Pay Off Big When 'best Value' Isn't Just About Price

Saturday, August 04, 2007 12:33 pm

Your Experience, Capability Can Pay Off Big When 'best Value' Isn't Just About Price

In a dispute over who would produce ocean buoys for the United States Coast Guard, the comptroller general (CG) upheld the agency's award to a company based on the offeror's technical experience. The CG dismissed a challenge by a competing offeror with less experience who would have supplied the buoys at a lower price.

In September 2006, the U.S. Coast Guard issued a request for proposals (RFP) for steel ocean buoys to be used as navigational aids. The RFP provided for a fixedprice award on a "best-value"basis, considering the following evaluation factors in descending order of importance: manufacturing approach capability, relevant experience, quality control plan, price and relevant past perfo [...]

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