[Protest of GSA RFP]

B-207177: Jan 17, 1983

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A firm protested a General Services Administration (GSA) solicitation for a telephone system to serve Federal agencies, contending that it should be revised to clarify the Government's requirement and to provide a common basis for evaluation. GAO stated that the determination of the Government's minimum needs and the method of accommodating them are properly the responsibility of the contracting agency and found that, in this case, the Government's needs were specified to the requisite degree. GAO also stated that the agency's determination of the specification was adequate and that the Government's need should not be questioned. With regard to the protester's contention alleging deficient information pertaining to future requirements, GAO stated that GSA reasonably demonstrated that, although it had a potential requirement for certain features, it did not have sufficient information to estimate costs and that the agency's cost evaluation need not include prices where data were lacking. The protest was denied.

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