[Protest of Issuance of DLA Purchase Order]

B-211333: Jun 28, 1983

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A firm protested the issuance of a purchase order for 16 thermostatic switches by the Defense Electronics Supply Center of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Quotations were initially requested through an automated, small purchase procurement under a request for quotations. Although the protester submitted a timely quotation in response to the solicitation, DLA erroneously failed to record it. When no response was recorded within 18 days after the closing date, the DLA computer canceled the automated solicitation. The computer reprinted the purchase request, and the buyer thereafter solicited quotations from the eventual awardee and the only other approved source for the switches. Only the awardee responded to the solicitation. The protester stated that it should have received the award based on its price quotation per item. GAO would not disturb the contract, since the agency's error was not the result of a conscious or deliberate effort to exclude the protester from consideration. Accordingly, the protest was denied.