[Protest of DLA Rejection of Bidder as Nonresponsible]

B-235165: May 9, 1989

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A firm protested the Defense Logistics Agency's (DLA) rejection of its bid for aircraft refuelling services and subsequent contract award to another firm, contending that DLA and the Small Business Administration (SBA) determined that it was not responsible, based on its inability to obtain a required lease due to the unethical and unauthorized conduct of county airport officials. GAO held that it would not review the: (1) DLA or SBA determinations of the protester's responsibility, absent a showing of bad faith; and (2) protester's allegations regarding the airport officials' conduct, since that was a private dispute. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.