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Evaluator Erred In Choosing Price Over Performance When It Promised To Pick The 'best Value'

Monday, February 04, 2008 02:17 pm

Evaluator Erred In Choosing Price Over Performance When It Promised To Pick The 'best Value'

The U.S. Comptroller General sustained a protest alleging that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) award of a task order was made based on criteria inconsistent with its own evaluation factors. Specifically, the agency erred by weighing price more heavily than technical factors and failing to offer any reason as to why accepting a lower-priced quotation might be an appropriate tradeoff to selecting a more technically qualified vendor.

The EPA issued a request for quotation (RFQ) stating that it would award a fixed-priced order to the Federal Supply Schedule vendor that offered the "best value" for procurement and installation of window retrofits in 15 EPA facilities. The agency requested that vendors offer two different price options: (1) for security film with attachment systems and (2) for security film only. The agency also listed three technical evaluation factors (in descending order of importance) -- prior experience/past performance on similar projects, project plan/schedule, and organization and staffing [...]

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