Potomac Electric Corporation
B-311060, Apr 2, 2008
Potomac Electric Corporation protests the U.S. Army Materiel Command's rejection of its proposal under request for proposals (RFP) No. W52H09-07-R-0502 for a direct current (DC) motor used in the M109A6 Paladin Self Propelled Howitzer.
We deny the protest.
B-311060, Potomac Electric Corporation, April 2, 2008
Under a request for proposals (RFP) for motors, which did not request a technical proposal or descriptive literature, a proposal including a cover letter stating that the offeror is proposing a motor that is a FIT, FORM and FUNCTION replacement of the motor described in the RFP renders the proposal's blanket offer to comply with the specifications ambiguous, such that the proposal was properly rejected as unacceptable.
Potomac Electric Corporation protests the
The RFP provided for the award of a fixed-price contract, for 31 direct current motors, national stock number 6105-01-391-4920, part number 12927815, to the low'priced acceptable offeror. The DC motor is a necessary support item that functions as the climate control motor used in the M109A6 Paladin Self Propelled Howitzer. It supplies power for the microclimate conditioning system (MCS) by driving a pulley that rotates a compressor unit. According to the Army, the MCS is extremely important, as it is designed to help protect warfighters in the event of a nuclear, biological or chemical attack. The solicitation specified the motor's requirements through a comprehensive technical data package (TDP), which included specifications for speed, power, starting characteristics, motor resistance, weight, life cycle, reliability, temperature, humidity, pressure, elevation, sand and dust, salt, fog, fungus, vibration, shock, di-electric strength, and insulation resistance. The motor was also required to interface properly with other components and fit within a certain size envelope for proper clearances. Shortcomings on any one of the TDP requirements may cause the MCS to fail. Contracting Officer's Statement (COS) at 1.
The RFP did not require the submission of technical proposals or descriptive literature. Due to the specificity required in the TDP for the manufacture of the DC motors, the agency chose not to include as part of the solicitation the clause at Instructions to Offerors -- Competitive Acquisitions, Alternate II, which in pertinent part reads:
Offerors may submit proposals that depart from stated requirements. Such proposals shall clearly identify why the acceptance of the proposal would be advantageous to the Government. Any deviations from the terms and conditions of the solicitation, as well as the comparative advantage to the Government, shall be clearly identified and explicitly defined.
Federal Acquisition Regulation sect. 52.215.1, Alternate II; see
Three proposals were received in response to the solicitation.
Potomac Electric Corporation is a small business manufacturer . . . We specialize in design and manufacturing of servomotors. The strength of our company is in innovative designs of motors . . . The motor design quoted in the proposal is based on our MX8200 motor developed in 2005. . . . Note: The motor proposed here is FIT, FORM and FUNCTION replacement of the motor described in your documentation.
Agency Report, Tab 7,
Cover letters submitted with proposals are considered part of the proposal. INDUS Technology, Inc., B-297800.13,
The protest is denied.
Gary L. Kepplinger