[Protest of Air Force Solicitation for Laundry and Cleaning Services]

B-229806: Mar 2, 1988

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A firm protested an Air Force solicitation for laundry and cleaning services, contending that: (1) the solicitation's geographic restriction improperly limited competition; and (2) it had successfully performed the same services for the Air Force without problems. GAO held that the Air Force unduly restricted competition, since it failed to show that the geographic restriction was necessary to meet its minimum needs. Accordingly, the protest was sustained, and GAO recommended that the Air Force: (1) amend the solicitation without the restriction; and (2) reimburse the protester for the costs of filing and pursuing the protest.