Re-Evaluation Ordered Due to Inadequate Records

By Paul Emanuelli

In its April 2017 decision in Verdi Consulting, Inc., the GAO ordered the re-evaluation of a financial services tender after finding inadequate evaluation records. As the GAO stated, “Although an agency is not required to retain every document generated during its evaluation of proposals, the agency’s evaluation must be sufficiently documented to allow our Office to review the merits of a protest.” The GAO also cautioned that where “an agency fails to document or retain evaluation materials, it bears the risk that there may not be adequate supporting rationale in the record for us to conclude that the agency had a reasonable basis for its source selection decision.”