The GAO sustained a bid protest regarding a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) procurement for custodial services because the HHS excluded the protester’s proposal from the competitive range without considering its proposed price. Arc- Tech, Inc., B-400325.3, Feb. 19, 2009, 2009 CPD ¶ 53. An agency may properly exclude a technically unacceptable proposal from the competitive range regardless of its price; however, an agency may not, as here, exclude a technically acceptable proposal from the competitive range without taking into account the relative cost of that proposal to the Government. (In another recent decision involving an agency’s failure to properly consider price, the GAO sustained a protest regarding the issuance of a US Marine Corps task order for information technology services because the record did not establish that the Marine Corps meaningfully considered the protester’s lower price in the agency’s cost/technical tradeoff analysis. ACCESS Systems, Inc., B- 400623.3, Mar. 4, 2009, 2009 CPD ¶ 56. Although the Marine Corps qualitatively evaluated the offerors’ technical quotations and identified differing strengths, the agency was unable, even after a hearing, to explain what evaluated strengths justified paying the price premium associated with the awardee’s quotation. Instead, the Marine Corps repeatedly argued that the protester’s lower evaluated price did not reflect a price advantage.)