[Protests of DCSC Contract Awards for Gearshaft Spurs and Helical Gears]

B-240639.2,B-240639.3,B-240820,B-240820.2,B-240836: Dec 21, 1990

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A firm protested two Defense Construction Supply Center (DCSC) contract awards for gearshaft spurs and helical gears, contending that: (1) the awardee's bids did not comply with domestic manufacturing requirements; and (2) DCSC improperly deleted a domestic manufacturing requirement from another solicitation for gearshafts. The awardee under the instant procurement protested that DCSC improperly reopened discussions and requested best and final offers on both contracts. GAO held that: (1) although the awardee failed to comply with the domestic manufacturing requirements, it would not be in the government's best interest to terminate the awardee's contracts; (2) DCSC reinstatement of the improperly deleted requirement rendered the protest academic; and (3) the protest against the DCSC request for revised proposals was academic, since the awardee's contracts were undisturbed. Accordingly, the protest regarding noncompliance with specifications was sustained, the protest regarding the improperly deleted clause was dismissed, and the protest regarding revised proposals was dismissed, and GAO recommended that DCSC reimburse the protester for its protest costs.