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Small Business Protests Bid Criteria Added During Evaluation Process

Friday, April 04, 2008 02:40 pm

Small Business Protests Bid Criteria Added During Evaluation Process

A protester challenged its unfair exclusion from competition for two Department of the Air Force construction awards, but the Comptroller General found that the agency was not obliged to take further corrective action.

ICON Consulting Group, Inc. (ICON) was one of nine offerors that responded to an Air Force request for proposals (RFP) for multiple design-build construction projects for Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The RFP provided for two evaluation phases. In the first, the agency would separately evaluate all offers from 8(a) businesses (see U.S. Small Business Administration, for up to two awards. In the second, the agency would consider all remaining offers, including those from 8(a) entities that didn't win a contract in phase one, for up to three awards. The RFP did not put a minimum requirement on the number of contracts to be awarded. In the end, the Air Force awarded four contracts, two to 8(a) business [...]

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