Price Analysis and Tradeoff Decision Were Unreasonable - Update from Wolters Kluwer Law

November 27, 2012

A price analysis was unreasonable because the contracting officer concluded the protester’s pricing was unbalanced but he did not identify any risk to the government inherent in the protester’s quotation of multiple five dollar line items.

The request for quotations for hazardous waste removal services, which was issued under FAR Subpart 8.4, established a best value evaluation scheme. The past performance and technical factors, when combined, were significantly more important than price.

After reviewing the three quotations it received, the government evaluated the awardee’s price at $3,216,113 and the protester’s price at $2,186,045. In the source selection decision document, the CO found the protester’s line item pricing was less than its General Services Administration schedule pricing and the pricing was therefore reasonable.

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