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Comptroller General of the United States
May 18, 2020
[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
Battelle Memorial Institute, of Columbus, Ohio, protests the issuance of a task order to CSRA, LLC, of Falls Church, Virginia, pursuant to request for proposals (RFP) No. 75D301-19-R-67964, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for consultation, research, and development activities in support of the agency's [*2] work to prevent and respond to national and international influenza epidemics and pandemics. The protester challenges multiple aspects of the agency's evaluation of its own and the awardee's technical proposals, contends that the agency disparately evaluated proposals, and challenges the agency's methodology for scoring technical evaluations. The protester further argues that the agency's best-value tradeoff decision was flawed in multiple ways.
We sustain the protest.
[CPD 2] BACKGROUND
The CDC issued the solicitation on June 19, 2019, pursuant to the fair opportunity source selection procedures of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) subpart 16.5. Agency Report (AR), Tab 19, Initial RFP at 2; Tab 13, Revised RFP at 72. 1 The solicitation sought proposals from holders of General Services Administration One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts for work in support of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, within the CDC's Infectious Diseases office. Revised RFP at 5. Specifically, the solicitation sought proposals for "consultation, research and development activities for influenza diagnostics, vaccine development and effectiveness monitoring, antiviral [*3] development and effectiveness monitoring, epidemiology and surveillance, quality assurance/control methodologies, processes and procedures, laboratory standards development and technology transfer activities, and [to] provide support to partners to enhance [the CDC's] capabilities to prevent and respond to national and international influenza epidemics/pandemics." Id. at 7.
The CDC issued a task order to CSRA on September 19, and Battelle protested that award to our Office on September 27. AR, Tab 2, Contracting Officer's Statement (COS) at 1. In response, the agency submitted a notice of corrective action, and we dismissed the protest as academic. Battelle Memorial Institute, B-418047.1, B-418047.2, Oct. 22, 2019 (unpublished decision). Following dismissal of Battelle's protest, the CDC revised and reissued the solicitation to the three top-rated offerors, two of which were Battelle and CSRA. Revised RFP at 1. The revised solicitation closed on November 18, and all three offerors submitted proposals. Id.; COS at 1.
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2020 U.S. Comp. Gen. LEXIS 147 *; 2020 Comp. Gen. Proc. Dec. P176
Matter of: Battelle Memorial Institute
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