Protest spotlight

By Marjorie Censer / December 29, 2017 at 9:17 AM

(This occasional feature highlights protests decided by the Government Accountability Office.)

Agency: Army

Awardee: URS Federal Services

Protester: CAE

What GAO found: CAE protested the award of an Army contract for rotary wing flight training instructor support services to URS, taking issue with several aspects of the process.

CAE originally won the contract last year, but URS filed a protest, according to GAO's findings. The Army opted to take corrective action and received revised proposals from the competitors.

“The agency evaluated the revised proposals and found CAE’s proposal unacceptable and ineligible for award due to multiple deficiencies under the organization and staffing factor,” GAO writes. “The agency concluded that URS provided the best value to the agency as the lowest-cost, technically-acceptable offeror and awarded the contract to URS.”

CAE protested, arguing the agency's evaluation under the organization and staffing factor “was unreasonable,” GAO says. The company also said its discussions with the Army under this factor were not meaningful and took issue with the Army's cost realism evaluation.

However, GAO backed the Army, writing that it could “find no basis to sustain the protest.”

Read the decision.