Pass/Fail Past Performance Evaluation:

No Comparison Required

Source: SmallGovCon, Article written by Steven Koprince, published July 21, 2015

Where a solicitation contemplated a “pass/fail” evaluation of past performance, and stated that an offeror without relevant past performance would nonetheless be rated “Acceptable,” there was no basis for the agency to compare the relative quality or amount of offerors’ past performance.

In a recent bid protest decision, the GAO held that the procuring agency properly refused to give the protester credit for its allegedly superior past performance because the pass/fail evaluation scheme did not allow for such a comparative evaluation.
The GAO’s decision in Invertix Corporation, B-411329.2 (July 8, 2015) involved an Army task order solicitation for operation and maintenance of the TROJAN Information Technology Network.  The solicitation was issued to all holders of the Army INSCOM OMNIBUS III IDIQ multiple award contract.  More…

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