Protest against Rejection of Proposals Due to Noncompliance with Specifications

B-191212: Jul 14, 1978

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The protester objected to the rejection of its initial and subsequent alternate proposals which proposed tape systems that complied with the mandatory performance requirements but not with the requirement for newly designed, latest state-of-the-art tape systems within the offeror's product line. The rejection was proper since the state-of-the art requirement reflected the agency's minimum needs and provided a common basis for the submission of proposals.