Lowest Price, Technically Acceptable evaluation criteria used in the November 2014 request for proposal for the program executive office soldier Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) contract
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This project examines the use of a lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) source selection method of evaluation by analyzing actual evaluation criteria. The project analyzed aspects of the evaluation process for replies received in response to a request for proposal (RFP) for systems engineering and technical assistance (SETA) support. This was an objective analysis of the risks associated with the U.S. government’s (USG) use of LPTA for a specific SETA contracting effort. The authors reviewed guidance and policy from USG entities on the appropriate use of LPTA. Evaluation criteria identified in other SETA contract efforts available through the Federal Business Opportunities website were compared against the solicitation. The analysis led to three distinct findings. First, the evaluation factors were not consistent and traceable to instructions, conditions, and notices to the bidders within the RFP. Second, the source selection evaluation criteria were not well defined. Third, there were gaps with regard to requirements of the contract. Our recommendations include better defining technically acceptable and providing more guidance to the offerors with regard to the labor requirements and prerequisites. The authors also recommend the Government Services Administration (GSA) as a course of action for obtaining labor resources.
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