[Protest of Air Force IFB Contending It Is Unduly Restrictive of Competition]
B-215593: Jan 17, 1985
- Full Report:
A firm protested an Air Force invitation for bids (IFB), contending that the IFB specifications unduly restricted competition and overstated the actual minimum needs of the agency. A determination of the government's minimum needs and method of accommodating them is primarily the responsiblity of a contracting agency. GAO will not question such a determination absent a clear showing that it has no reasonable basis. GAO found that the protester failed to prove that the specifications were unreasonable. Furthermore, GAO found that a protester allegation that the specifications were unclear and limited competition was untimely since it concerned solicitation improprieties which were not protested prior to bid opening. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.