Protest of Defense Logistics Agency Contract Award

B-204253: Feb 2, 1982

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A firm protested the award of a contract under an invitation for bids (IFB) issued by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The protester contended that: (1) the low bidder was not eligible for the award because it did not satisfy the IFB definitive responsibility requirement for successful commercial operation; (2) the awardee could not perform at the low bid price and in the time required; and (3) the awardee misled DLA in connection with its legal standing. GAO concluded that the contracting officer considered all relevant evidence before reasonably determining that the low bidder complied with the requirements. GAO does not review a protest against an affirmative determination of responsibility. The protester's contention concerning possible violations of criminal law is being investigated by the appropriate authorities and is outside the scope of the GAO bid protest function. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.

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