Protest against Geographic Restriction in Solicitation

B-190791: May 10, 1978

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A company protested a geographic restriction in a Small Business Administration (SBA) solicitation. Although SBA may impose geographic restrictions if its minimum needs can be satisfied and agencies can determine that such restrictions are required, the manner in which SBA imposed restrictions did not effectuate the agency's minimum needs. The agency should extend the limits of the geographic restrictions consistent with its needs. SBA restrictions should not be continued for future procurement, but contracts under the protested procurement should not be terminated because adequate competition was obtained, and time will be needed for analysis in order to make changes.