[Protest of Any Navy Contract Award for Construction Work]

B-217375: Feb 28, 1985

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A firm protested the Navy's award of any contract for construction work, contending that the suppliers of a required component were being approved even though their products did not meet a solicitation specification. A prequalification committee had determined that the specification in question would restrict competition and that the benefits of expanding competition would outweigh the technical benefits of the requirement. Since GAO encourages procuring agencies to remove restrictions on competition where possible, GAO found nothing objectionable in the committee's decision. Furthermore, the protester's component would still be approved given the committee's decision. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.

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