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Comptroller General of the United States
November 13, 2019
[EDITOR'S NOTE: PAGE NUMBERS APPEARING IN BOLD BRACKETS, [CPD 1], REFLECT THE OFFICIAL PAGINATION OF THE U.S. COMPTROLLER GENERAL PROCUREMENT DECISIONS.]
[CPD 1] IAP Worldwide Services, [*2] Inc., located in Cape Canaveral, Florida, protests the issuance of a task order to IDS International Government Services LLC, a small business located in Arlington, Virginia, under request for proposals (RFP) No. RS3-19-0010, issued by the Department of the Army for services in support of the Cybertropolis Technology Environment Platform (CTEP) at the Atterbury-Muscatatuk Center for Complex Operations (A-MCCO) in Butlerville, Indiana. IAP argues that the agency unreasonably [CPD 2] and unequally evaluated technical proposals, improperly adjusted IAP's cost upwards, and conducted a flawed best-value tradeoff determination.
We sustain the protest.
On March 29, 2019, the Army issued the RFP under its Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Services contract vehicle, seeking services in support of the CTEP. The CTEP provides a one-of-a-kind platform for the Department of Defense and its joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational partners to conduct training or research, development, testing and experimentation (RDT&E) in a wide variety of emerging technology areas primarily related to cyberspace and cyber-electromagnetic operations. Agency Report (AR), Tab 2, Performance Work Statement, [*3] at 1. Services sought by the RFP include supporting A-MCCO in conducting technology-related training and RDT&E operations, together with administrative and supply functions required to support these operations. Id.
The solicitation contemplated the issuance of a hybrid fixed-price/cost-plus-fixed-fee/ cost-reimbursement task order with a 1-year base period and three 1-year option periods. AR, Tab 17, RFP, at 1. Under the RFP's evaluation scheme, the agency would conduct a best-value tradeoff considering each offeror's cost/price and its technical approach, with the technical evaluation factor of significantly more importance than the cost/price factor. Id. at 13.
Additionally, an offeror's proposal would need to receive an acceptable rating under the small business participation factor and a "[m]eets" or "[e]xceeds" under the transition-in plan factor to be eligible for award. Id. For the small business participation factor, offerors were required to propose a total small business participation minimum goal of 25 percent of total task order dollars. Id. at 11.
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2019 U.S. Comp. Gen. LEXIS 447 *; 2020 Comp. Gen. Proc. Dec. P119
Matter of: IAP Worldwide Services, Inc.
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