[Protests of DLA Contract Awards for Perishable Food Items]

B-233511,B-233512,B-233513,B-233514,B-233515,B-233516,B-233517,B: Feb 7, 1989

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A firm protested 12 Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) contract awards for perishable food items, contending that DLA improperly limited eligibility for a small-disadvantaged-business (SDB) evaluation preference to SDB that qualified as regular dealers. GAO held that DLA: (1) properly applied the regular dealer requirements in determining eligibility for the SDB preference; and (2) reasonably determined that the protester was not eligible for the SDB preference, since it did not maintain a true inventory of perishable foods on a regular basis. Accordingly, the protests were denied.