As a former GSA schedule CO, I feel your pain. Trying to innovate while complying with the FAR can be difficult. It seems like there should have been some type of competitive range established early on, so not so many companies needed to be evaluated. The documentation required to eliminate someone from the CR is much less, and harder to protest. But you tried your best, and I admire your courage in owning your mistakes in the procurement. Good luck to you going forward!