Protest of Delivery Order Issuance

B-200578: Feb 18, 1981

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A firm protested the issuance of a delivery order to a second firm under a request for quotations (RFQ) issued by the Veterans Administration (VA). The protester's low quotation was rejected because the firm failed to quote a price for items considered to be necessary to the use of the main equipment in the RFQ. The firm contended that, since the RFQ did not specifically request the prices for the extra equipment, no price was listed. The order was given to a firm that did include the price for the extra equipment. GAO held that, where an otherwise acceptable low vendor fails to include a price for an item and the omitted item is relatively low in price, the contracting officer should evaluate the offer on the basis of omitted items. If the vendor remains low, the contracting officer should issue the delivery order to that vendor. Accordingly, the protest was sustained. GAO held that the issued delivery order should be canceled and a new RFQ issued.

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