[Protest of Any Navy Contract Award for a Mobile Boiler Room]

B-218026.2: Apr 29, 1985

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A firm protested a Navy contract award, contending that the solicitation specifications unjustifiably excluded its equipment from the competition and, therefore, were unduly restrictive. The protester maintained that its equipment should be acceptable because it met the efficiency requirements of the solicitation. The Navy explained that a prohibition on equipment devices was necessary to avoid excessive maintenance. The protester's equipment did not meet this limitation. The protester presented no technical literature or other documentation to support its position that the Navy's prohibition on equipment devices was overly restrictive. GAO accepts a procuring agency's technical conclusions except where the protester shows that the restrictions are not reasonably related to the agency's minimum needs. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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