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The decision affirms GSA’s evaluation criteria and general approach to the contract. The findings on the concept of “highest technically rated with a fair and reasonable price” do not leave much wiggle room for post-award challenges. GAO gave its blessing to the idea of self-scoring (with sup- porting documentation), which had already been used successfully on OASIS. GAO also addressed small-business scoring and rejected the assertion that the expected pool of winners was too small. Evaluation criteria are the most common grounds for protests, and GAO has affirmed GSA’s approach. And because the proposals are self- scoring, it will be hard for companies that don’t make the cut to argue that they should be added. Again, the OASIS experience — which the Alliant 2 team watched carefully — could be instructive. That contract faced many pre-award protests but only one protest after awards were made. VSE Corp. argued that GSA unreasonably evaluated its experience. GAO denied the protest. There are still some narrow open- ings for a post-award Alliant 2 protest like VSE’s, but the outcome might well be the same. Based on the scope of these pre- award rulings, GSA might have cleared the decks of future protests — or at least any that could seriously derail the contract. n Nick Wakeman is editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. If one reads GAO’s decision closely, there is not a whole lot left to protest. FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ALMANAC 2017 SHIPPING FEBRUARY 2017 2017 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ALMANAC Copies sold out last year — reserve your Almanac today! Federal Soup subscribers save an additional 10%! FederalSoup.com/FedStore • 800-989-3363 The Almanac is your one-stop resource on federal policy information — used annually by thousands of federal employees to reference the latest 2017 rules, regulations, and procedures. January/February 2017 FCW.COM 29 0217fcw_028-029.indd 29 1/25/17 9:34 AM
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