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Comptroller General of the United States
March 23, 2020
B-417988.2; B-417988.3; B-417988.4
[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] DECISION
Deloitte Consulting LLP, of Arlington, Virginia, protests the issuance of a task order to Grant Thornton LLP, of Alexandria, Virginia, by the Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Fiscal Service, under blanket purchase agreement (BPA) call request (solicitation) No. ARC-511003-19-0001, which was issued for support of federal budget [*2] formulation requirements for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Deloitte argues that the award to Grant Thornton was improper because the awardee's quotation took exception to material solicitation requirements, the Bureau unreasonably and unequally evaluated the vendors' quotations under the technical evaluation factors, and the award decision failed to address the evaluated differences between the quotations and explain why the protester's higher-rated quotation was not worth a price premium.
[CPD 2] We sustain the protest.
The Bureau's Administrative Resource Center (ARC) is a "shared service provider of financial management services to federal agencies." Agency Report (AR), Exh. 1, Performance Work Statement (PWS), at 8. 1 One of ARC's customers is HUD, which is seeking an "expansion of its utilization" of the OneStream XF 2 software solution for its budget formulation requirements. 3 Contracting Officer's Statement (COS) at 1; PWS at 8.
The Bureau issued the solicitation on July 26, 2019, seeking quotations to "implement a functional solution to enable HUD to complete business processes in OneStream XF and support the department's [Office of Management and Budget (OMB)] budget submission for the [fiscal year] 2022 budget due September 7, 2020, as well as to be able to generate the HUD Congressional Budget Justification documents." PWS at 8. The solicitation was limited to firms that hold BPAs established with the [*4] Bureau under FSS provisions of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) subpart 8.4. Memorandum of Law (MOL) at 2. The solicitation anticipated the issuance of a fixed-price BPA task order with a 13-month period of performance. AR, Exh. 1, Solicitation, at 1; PWS at 8.
The solicitation stated that quotations would be evaluated on the basis of price, and the following three non-price factors, which were listed in descending order of importance: (1) demonstrated knowledge and experience/past performance; (2) expertise of proposed consulting team; and (3) method and approach. Solicitation at 3. For purposes of award, the non-price factors were "more important" than price. Id. at 4.
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2020 U.S. Comp. Gen. LEXIS 103 *; 2020 Comp. Gen. Proc. Dec. P128
Matter of: Deloitte Consulting LLP
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