[Protest of Issuance of Army Solicitation]

B-212832: Sep 23, 1983

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A firm protested the issuance of an Army solicitation to prospective small business bidders for an item for which competition is restricted to mobilization-base producers under the Army's industrial preparedness program. The firm argued that: (1) broadening competition for this item was inconsistent with the policies governing the industrial preparedness program; (2) it would be arbitrary for the Army to require competition because of the potential sole-source situation that would exist if competition were not required for the item; and (3) nonmobilization base producers might not be able to meet the stringent schedule requirements of the solicitation. GAO held that, although it recognizes the right of Defense agencies to limit competition in appropriate circumstances, it has never required such a result. GAO did not discuss the third issue since its own function is to ensure full and free competition for Government contracts. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.

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