GAO Protest Denial Not an “Optimal” Solution

Optimal Solutions & Technologies (“OST”) protested the issuance of a task order to Metters Incorporated by the Department of Homeland Security on the grounds that DHS improperly evaluated the offerors’ proposals. The evaluation criteria for this best value procurement included technical capability, small business participation, and past performance. OST’s quoted price was $4,692 lower than Metter’s quoted price, but OST ranked lower on technical capability. After evaluating all of the factors, DHS determined that Metters’ higher score on non-price factors outweighed OST’s lower price.   OST argued that the Contracting Officer improperly evaluated OST’s proposal on the Small Business Participation factor and two subfactors:  Maximization of Small Business Opportunities and Participation in DHS Mentor-Protégé Program through among other considerations, consideration of the percentage of work … Continue reading