Protest against the Rejection of Low Bid as Nonresponsive

B-189326: Aug 2, 1977

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The protester objected to the rejection of their modified proposal for an annunition device as nonresponsive. A bid submitted with a statement requesting use of Government-furnished equipment that was neither in the offeror's possession nor offered for use under the solicitation was properly rejected as nonresponsive. Price reasonableness is a matter within the discretion of the contracting officer; the award to a bidder whose price was substantially higher than that offered by a bidder whose bid was properly rejected as nonresponsive did not constitute a showing of abuse of discretion.