OFFEROR'S SAFETY PLAN WAS NOT 'INNOVATIVE' ENOUGH TO EARN MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR CONTRACT

Friday, March 01, 2019 1:46 am
 
February 2019 - Volume 41 Number 3
 

Denied: Bid Evaluation

Matter of Herman Constr. Grp. Inc., 2018 U.S. Comp. Gen. Lexis 443 (December 21, 2018)

An offeror lost out on a government contract because it provided overly generic details about how its safety recognition/incentive plans applied to the instant project.

In October 2017, the U.S. Department of the Navy (the Navy) issued a request for proposals (RFP) for several construction/renovation projects across the country. The Navy intended to award three or more indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts with a one-year base period and four option years, with a maximum combined dollar value of $249,000,000. The RFP stipulated that the Navy would evaluate offerors on four factors (experience, safety, technical approach, and past performance) rated with five adjectival ratings ranging from unacceptable to outstanding. The Navy concluded that the proposal submitted by Herman Construction Group, Inc., (Herman) warranted an “outstanding” rating for experience and “good” for safety (as well as “acceptable” for technical approach and “substantial confidence” for past performance.)

In August 2018, the Navy n[..]

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