[Protest of Air Force Solicitation for Vehicle Operations and Maintenance Services as Deficient]

B-236194,B-236194.2: Nov 15, 1989

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A firm protested an Air Force solicitation for vehicle operations and maintenance, contending that the Air Force's refusal to disclose historical cost information gave it an unfair competitive advantage in the comparison of in-house and contracting costs. The Air Force contended that release of the cost data could discourage bidders from using creative and innovative techniques to keep their bids low. GAO held that the Air Force was not required to disclose the cost data, since: (1) the solicitation comprehensively defined the requirements; and (2) it had not otherwise publicly released the cost data. Accordingly, the protest was denied.