[Protest of Contract Award by Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts]

B-212356: Nov 15, 1983

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A firm protested a contract award by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts to upgrade and replace a computer system. The protester argued that the awardee's bid should have been rejected because it failed to list two facilities where the awardee's hardware was operating in the environment required by the solicitation. However, the agency stated that the contracting officer reasonably concluded from the information provided by the awardee that the two references met the solicitation requirement. GAO determined that neither reference was operating its computer system in a dual processor environment as required and concluded that the awardee had not satisfied the solicitation requirement. Accordingly, the protest was sustained. GAO recommended that the agency terminate the contract for the convenience of the Government.

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