[Protest of Solicitation Standards]

B-209555: Nov 16, 1982

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A firm protested the issuance of several solicitations by the Air Force. The protester contended that the solicitations did not meet Army requirements, the agency for which the procurements were being conducted, because they specified equipment which failed to meet laboratory standards. GAO held that the protester was essentially arguing that the specifications should be restricted to those items which met the laboratory standards. However, the contention that a more restrictive specification should be used to meet laboratory standards and to meet the minimum needs of an agency are two issues which are not reviewable under GAO bid protest functions. Absent evidence of fraud or willful misconduct, neither of which was alleged by the protester, GAO will not review the issue. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.

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