Protest of VA Order Placement

B-205064: Jun 28, 1982

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A firm protested the Veterans Administration's (VA) placement of an order for mobile shelving. VA placed the order under a mandatory Federal Supply Service (FSS) schedule. The protester argued that VA improperly rejected its lower quotation. It contended that its model met the minimum VA needs and that VA inaccurately calculated the extent to which that model would require upgrading. GAO held that the agency properly rejected the protester's second quotation to furnish mobile shelving from its FSS contract, because the protester clearly knew the agency's needs when it initially chose to quote a more expensive shelving system, and the second quotation was submitted only after the protester learned of a purchase order to a firm whose quotation was lower. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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