[Protest of Air Force Solicitation for Squaring Shear]

B-258439: Dec 15, 1994

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A firm protested an Air Force solicitation for a hydraulic power squaring shear, contending that the: (1) Air Force failed to include the appropriate small disadvantaged business preference provision in the solicitation; and (2) awardee's low bid price was unreasonable and should be withdrawn. GAO held that the: (1) protester was not sufficiently interested to protest, since it would not be in line for award even if its protest were sustained; and (2) awardee confirmed its below-cost bid and its compliance with the solicitation specifications. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.