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Protest spotlight

May 11, 2018 |
John Liang
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(This occasional feature highlights protests decided by the Government Accountability Office.)

Agency: Air Force

Awardee: JPATS Logistics Services

Protesters: DynCorp International, AAR Supply Chain, Inc.

What GAO found: DynCorp International and AAR Supply Chain, Inc. protested the Air Force's award of an aircraft supply chain management services contract to JPATS Logistics Services, LLC, taking issue with the service's past performance evaluations and source-selection decision.

Four offerors, including JLS, AAR, and DynCorp -- the incumbent contractor -- submitted proposals, according to GAO's decision. DynCorp offered a price of $2 billion, compared to AAR's $1.8 billion and JLS' $1.7 billion.

"A source selection advisory council (SSAC) reviewed the [Source Selection Evaluation Board]'s evaluation findings, conducted a comparative analysis and tradeoff, and recommended award be made to JLS as the offeror with the highest past performance confidence assessment and lowest total evaluated price," the decision reads. Following a subsequent debrief, the other two companies filed protests.

AAR and DynCorp protested "the evaluation of JLS's past performance, as well as the agency's best-value tradeoff and source selection decision." Additionally, DynCorp also took issue with "the evaluation of its own past performance, as well as AAR's," according to GAO.

Upon reviewing the case, GAO found "the Air Force reasonably evaluated the offerors' past performance. Although we do not address each of the protesters' arguments, we have considered all of the protesters' contentions and find that none provide a basis to sustain the protests."

Read GAO's full decision, which was issued April 12 but subject to a protective order and publicly released in redacted form May 10.

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