GAO Sustains Challenge by TIMCO and its Counsel, Centre Law Group, Against $180 Million Coast Guard Contract Award

GAO sustains protest filed by TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc. against the U.S. Coast Guard

Sep 27, 2013, 10:00 ET from Centre Law Group

VIENNA, Va., Sept. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 5th, 2013, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) sustained a protest filed by Triad International Maintenance Corporation, Aviation Services, Inc. (TIMCO) alleging that the United States Coast Guard unreasonably evaluated its technical proposal for progressive structural inspections (PSI) on its fleet of C-130 aircraft.


TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc., of Greensboro, North Carolina, is among the world's largest independent providers of aviation maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) services for major commercial airlines, regional air carriers, aircraft leasing companies, government and military units and air cargo carriers. Historically, TIMCO has performed a substantial amount of MRO services for the U.S. military, and has performed heavy maintenance services on more than 2,000 C-130 aircraft over the past 30 years.

TIMCO, represented by Centre Law Group, filed a protest of an awarded contract to DRS Technical Services, Inc., of Herndon, Virginia, which challenged the Coast Guard's evaluation of its past performance, proposed price, technical proposal, and also argued that the agency's evaluation of the protester's and awardee's proposals reflected disparate treatment in favor of the awardee. The GAO sustained the protest due to the agency's unreasonable evaluation of the protestor's past performance and price. Upon review, the GAO also made recommendations that the agency reevaluate the proposals and issue a new decision.

"The GAO's decision in this case affirms the principle that while considerable deference will be given to the integrity of government source selection decisions, there are limits to that deference," says Jim Phillips, Executive Vice President of Centre Law Group. "Where the Government evaluation team fails to consider highly relevant past performance information that is clearly available to them, such deference is no longer appropriate.  Successful vendors work diligently to create and maintain positive past performance records and, as confirmed by the GAO decision, it is simply not reasonable for Government evaluators to act as though such positive past performance did not take place," Phillips explains.

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