Limitation of Competition by Insisting on Unnecessary Requirements

B-187960: Sep 14, 1977

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The protester protested several aspects of a request for proposals, contending that the agency unduly limited competition by insisting on unnecessary requirements. It appears that the solicitation restriction based on area boundaries rather than on a specified number of miles from central points was more restrictive than the latter approach, and the agency needs could be met by the latter approach. The agency should examine the restriction prior to utilizing it in future procurements. The agency decision to procure by means of an overall package approach for a variety of services was not subject to objection.