[Protest of State Sole-Source Contract Award]

B-213078: Feb 22, 1984

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A firm protested the Department of State's sole-source award of a contract for filters under a request for proposals. The protester contended that the agency improperly rejected its lower priced proposal. GAO found that the agency rejected the protester's bid because technically it did not meet the specification requirements. Since the protester offered no evidence that the agency's determination to reject its proposal was unreasonable other than the fact that the protester disagreed with the agency's reasons, GAO did not question the validity of the agency's action. Further, since the firm's proposal did not meet the solicitation specifications, it was irrelevant that the protester offered a lower cost or that the agency mistakenly categorized its bid as unsolicited. Accordingly, the protest was denied.