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Air Force Procurement of Prototype Fuels Dispensing System

NSIAD-87-154BR: Published: Jun 12, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 1987.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) reviewed a firm's protest against an Air Force contract award for an automated data collection and fuels-dispensing prototype system; and (2) examined the causes of subsequent delays in the performance of the contract.

GAO found that: (1) the Air Force awarded a firm, fixed-price contract for the design, fabrication, furnishing, testing, and installation of an automated data collection and fuels-dispensing prototype system to determine the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of automation for improved petroleum fuels accountability; (2) a firm protested the award but failed to state its basis for protest, and GAO dismissed the protest; (3) the firm filed a second protest, contending that the awardee's product would not meet the contract specifications; (4) the Air Force reported that the protester's allegations were speculative and did not show that it erred in its determination that the awardee was responsible; (5) the protester failed to respond to the Air Force report, and GAO dismissed the protest; and (6) the contractor's research and development activities and its problems in obtaining system components from vendors accounted for most of the delays in the performance of the contract.

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