[Protest of Army Refusal To Consider Attempted Offer]

B-210792: Dec 14, 1983

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A firm protested the Army Communications and Electronics Command's refusal of its offer for used automatic data processing equipment in response to a synopsis in the Commerce Business Daily (CBD). The protester contended that a copy of a request for quotations (RFQ) was needed to respond to the CBD synopsis but that the Army refused to furnish the RFQ to the protester because the firm could only offer remanufactured equipment. The protester argued that used, remanufactured equipment meeting current standards was equivalent to new equipment, and its position was supported by a prior GAO decision. GAO found that: (1) in the absence of an unreasonable determination of its procurement needs, the Army need not provide the protester with an RFQ copy when the protester could not satisfy the Army requirement; and (2) the authority on which the protester relied did not support the idea that remanufactured and new equipment were necessarily equal. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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