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Wednesday, March 04, 2009 05:12 pm

Decisions Of The Comptroller General IF YOU'VE GOT THE CREDENTIALS, DON'T BE SHY--DOCUMENT THEM IN YOUR PROPOSAL Bid Protest Matter of: Sauer, Incorporated Comptroller General of the United States 2008 U.S.Comp.Gen.B400709(December 22, 2008)

A contractor lost out on ajob because it failed to provide documentation--and notjust a description--of the relevant certification it had to perform the work.

In July 2008 the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issued a request for proposals(RFP)for the fabrication and delivery of two miter gates for a lock and dam construction project.The RFP anticipated award of a fixedprice contract to the lowestpriced, technically acceptable offer.The Corps intended to use a"Go/No Go"evaluation system, based on four evaluation factors: technical approach, experience, past performance, and price.

As part of both the experience and past performance factors, the RFP instructed offerors to provide descriptions of up to three similar projects involving fabrication of large welded structures, as well as documentation showing American Welding Society (AWS)certification for this type of work.

The Corps received four proposals, all with proposed prices it considered fair and reasonable.Only one offeror received a"Go"rating.The Corp granted Sauer, Incorporated (Sauer)a"No Go"rating because it failed to provide documentation of AWS certifications that were required for performance of its past projects.

Proof of certification is better than a thousand words

Sauer filed a protest, arguing that the Corps unreasonably evaluated its proposal because(1)the RFP only required of [...]

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