The Beretta bid was, when you total it up, over $3 million lower than the SACO bid. The package price Beretta provided was lower than SIG and so Beretta won. Where are the politics in that?
Lowest cost, technically acceptable = AWARD.
You really need to fully experience the procurement process to understand how frustrating it is. The contracting officers constantly push schedules to the right, over and over again. At the last minute or AFTER the proposals have been submitted they come back and modify the original RFP... etc
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