Protest Against Purchase of Other Than Lowest-Priced Dictating Equipment From Federal Supply Schedule

B-195423: Dec 19, 1979

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A company protested a contract award for dictating equipment on the grounds that its quotation was less than the one submitted by the awardee. An agency may legally justify the selection of a higher-priced item if it is essential that the item be compatible with items or systems already existing in the offices for which they are being procured. The protester disputed such a determination in favor of the awardee, contending that the agency had stated that it and the awardee had equal amounts of equipment in the offices. Since the record supported the agency's statement that at the time of the award the bulk of the existing equipment was the awardee's, and since the agency felt that the most efficient office operation would be served by using one type of equipment, the protest was denied.

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