Protest of Contract Award to Higher Priced Contractor

B-193591: Jun 7, 1979

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A company protested the exercise of an option by the Army under a contract with another company, contending that the agency acted contrary to procurement regulations, and that the required radio equipment could have been obtained at a lower price pursuant to an option under the protester's contract with the Army. Where options are available under two different contracts, GAO will not question the exercise of a higher-priced option where the agency concludes that only the higher-priced contractor could meet agency needs.