GAO says Navy unreasonably valued $190 million deal plans

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By Rae Ann Varona (June 15, 2022, 6:44 p.m. EDT) – The Government Accountability Office says a U.S. Navy agency unreasonably interpreted the term “professional employee” when evaluating proposals for its contract $190 million in engineering and software development, supporting a protest filed by an award finalist.

The Naval Air Systems Command had awarded the deal to Virginia-based American Systems Corp., rather than Pennsylvania-based Saber Systems Inc., but GAO General Counsel Edda Emmanuelli Perez said the naval agency had incorrectly excluded a number of labor categories when evaluating compensation plans for proposed employees. after unreasonably interpreting the term “professional employee”.

“We find that the agency did not reasonably evaluate the offeror’s offers…

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