[Protest of NASA Delivery Order]

B-214864: Jun 19, 1984

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A firm protested the award of a delivery order by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to another firm under a General Services Administration Federal Supply Schedule contract, contending that: (1) the selection of the awardee's product was influenced by the personal preferences of NASA engineers; (2) NASA failed to advertise the procurement in the Commerce Business Daily (CBD), to the prejudice of the protester and other small businesses; and (3) its own product was technically acceptable and cost less than the awardee's product. GAO held that: (1) NASA adequately justified its selection of the awardee's product and the protester did not demonstrate that the selection was improperly influenced; (2) while NASA failed to publish a notice about the procurement in the CBD, the failure was the result of an administrative error and did not necessitate reprocurement; and (3) NASA adequately demonstrated that the protester's product was not technically acceptable. Accordingly, the protest was denied.