[Requests for Reconsideration of Protest of Air Force Contract Award]

B-250186.2,B-250186.3,B-250186.4: Jun 2, 1993

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Two firms and the Air Force requested reconsideration of a sustained protest against an Air Force contract award for aircraft engine diffuser cases. GAO had held that the Air Force: (1) erroneously included in the contract additional equipment that it believed it urgently needed; and (2) unreasonably precluded the protester from competition. In its request for reconsideration, the Air Force and awardee contended that the decision should be reversed, since new information showed that the additional units were urgently needed. The Air Force further contended that GAO should modify its recommendation and allow the original contract award to stand, since the awardee was the only qualified bidder. The protester also contended that GAO should modify its decision and direct full or partial award to it. GAO held that it would: (1) not reconsider its decision, since the awardee, protester, and Air Force failed to show any legal or factual errors that would warrant reversal or modification of the original decision; and (2) modify its recommendation, since new information showed that the additional items were urgently needed and the awardee was the only qualified bidder. Accordingly, the original decision was affirmed and the recommendation was modified.