CHAPTER 10

Source Selection and Technical Evaluation Plans

(FAR 15.3)

When reviewing bid protests, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) often finds that the evaluation procedures specified in solicitations are not used in the evaluation of proposals. An agency acquisition covered by the Trade Agreements Act was recently protested by Tiger Truck, LLC. The protest was sustained by the comptroller general in January 2009 (B-400685, January 14, 2009). The agency had failed to follow the required evaluation procedures, which included requirements of the Trade Agreements Act. Sometimes an agency evaluation team will not follow the evaluation procedures or will not use all the evaluation criteria because they were poorly drafted or too general ...

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