[Protest of Air Force Solicitation for Process Control Kits]

B-230831,B-230832: Jul 8, 1988

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A firm protested an Air Force solicitation for process control kits, contending that the Air Force: (1) unreasonably removed the solicitation's small business set-aside restriction; (2) lacked a rational basis for determining that its prices were unreasonable; and (3) should not have rejected its bid samples as unacceptable without allowing it to correct any deficiencies. GAO held that the: (1) Air Force reasonably determined that the protester's bid prices were unreasonable based on a comparison of the protester's prices for kits partially supplied by a small business with the protester's original bid; (2) Air Force reasonably withdrew the small business restriction to increase competition; and (3) protest concerning the rejected bid samples was academic, since the protester would have an opportunity to compete for the revised requirement. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.