[Protests of Specifications in Army IFB for Trailer-Mounted Welding Shops]

B-220392,B-220392.2,B-220392.3: Mar 7, 1986

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Four firms protested the specifications in an Army solicitation for trailer-mounted welding shops, contending that: (1) since only one producer could meet the solicitation specifications they unduly restricted competition; (2) the Army conducted a sole-source procurement in violation of the requirement for full and open competition; and (3) if the Army used performance specifications instead of detailed design specifications, it would have saved at least 20 percent because of increased competition. GAO held that: (1) specifications based on a particular manufacturer's product are not improper when the agency establishes that the specifications are reasonably related to its minimum needs; (2) the Army determined that its welding needs required standardization; (3) the protesters had not shown that the Army's determination was unreasonable; (4) the protesters estimates of the relative costs of standardization were unsupported and did not meet their burden of establishing that the use of design specifications exceeded the Army's needs; (5) there was no evidence that the Army intended to limit competition; and (6) the protesters had not established that standardization could be achieved in any other manner that would increase the likelihood of competition. Accordingly, the protests were denied.

Nov 16, 2017

  • HBI-GF, JV
    We deny the protest.
  • Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc.
    We dismiss the protest because it raises a matter of contract administration over which we do not exercise jurisdiction.

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