An agency’s evaluation of proposals was not improper even though the Source Selection Authority “cut and paste” portions of a selection document used in a similar procurement – including typographical errors and a reference to a firm that had not submitted a proposal.
The GAO’s recent decision highlights an uncomfortable truth of government contracting: while the government can (and often does) demand nearly perfect proposals, the government may be able to get by with sloppy or lazy evaluations.
The GAO’s decision in Noble Supply and Logistics, B-410877.4 et al. (July 29, 2015) involved a DLA solicitation for maintenance, repair and operations supplies in the DLA’s south central region, geographical zones 1 and 2. The solicitation called for two contracts to be awarded, one for each geographical region.
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