[Request for Reconsideration of Sustained Protest Against Army Contract Award]

B-212018.3,B-212018.4,B-212018.5,B-212018.6: Dec 19, 1983

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The Army requested reconsideration of a GAO decision which sustained a protest of a contract award for the acquisition of a computer. GAO sustained the original protest because the solicitation's requirements had sufficient latitude in their common, ordinary meanings to include all of the interested parties' interpretations, and it recommended that the Army clarify the solicitation's requirements and consider terminating the contract. However, the parties continued to have different interpretations of the solicitation's requirements. Upon review, GAO held that: (1) the solicitation's specifications were still ambiguous because they were subject to more than one reasonable interpretation; and (2) corrective action should not be taken by the Army because the costs of terminating the contract would not be in the best interest of the Government. Accordingly, the protest was sustained, but the recommendation for corrective action was withdrawn.