Past 'Survey' Experience Is Not The Same As 'Project' Experience

Tuesday, February 05, 2019 8:53 am
February 2019 - Volume 41 Number 2

Denied: Past Performance

Matter of: Coffman Engineers, Inc., 2018 U.S. Comp.

Gen. B-416724, B-416724-2 Lexis 410 (November 28, 2018)

A protestor was unable to convince the Comptroller General that the Navy inaccurately evaluated its own and the awardee’s past performance qualifications. 

In May 2018, the U.S. Department of the Navy (Navy) issued an architect-engineer (A/E) procurement for fire protection services for both new construction and rehabilitation of existing facilities. Coffman Engineering, Inc. (Coffman) and Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. (BMEC) were two of three offerors that the Navy’s evaluation board selected as the “most highly qualified” to perform the required services. 

Ultimately, the Navy awarded the contract to BMEC. Coffman protested, claiming the Navy misevaluated the offerors’ past performance and experience. The Comptroller General disagreed and denied the protest.

‘Specialized experience’ required participation in 3 activities 

The Navy’s published synopsis of the project established several selection evaluation criteria. (Note: Unlike a typical request for proposals, an A/E procurement is generally governed by the Brooks Act, 40 U.S.C. §§ 11021104.)  The synopsis stated that the offerors would be evaluated based on their specialized exper[..]