[Request for Reconsideration of Sustained Protest of Air Force Contract Award for Microcomputer Workstations]

B-233742.5,B-233742.6,B-233742.7: May 14, 1990

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Two firms and the Air Force requested reconsideration of a firm's protest against an Air Force contract award for microcomputer workstations. GAO had held that the: (1) protester reasonably interpreted the solicitation; and (2) Air Force's waiver of the material specification in the awardee's favor placed the protester at a competitive disadvantage. In their requests for reconsideration, the awardee and the Air Force contended that the: (1) protester's bid did not meet the solicitation requirements; and (2) solicitation was subject to more than one reasonable interpretation. The protester contended that it: (1) would be prejudiced by the reopening of negotiations; and (2) should receive the award. GAO held that: (1) arguments that the Air Force could have raised at the time of protest were not a basis for reconsideration; (2) the awardee's apparent disagreement with the previous decision was not a basis for reconsideration; and (3) the protester would not be placed at a disadvantage by the reopening of negotiations. Accordingly, the original decision was affirmed.