[Request for Reconsideration of Decision Concerning Air Force Procurement]

B-218661.2: May 6, 1985

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A firm requested reconsideration of a decision which denied in part and dismissed in part its protest against an Air Force contract award. The protester contended that the awardee's bid was nonresponsive because it furnished a certificate of manufacturer's approval bearing the name of another firm and that GAO erred in concluding that the manufacturer was the awardee's subcontractor. GAO found that the awardee had guaranteed that, in its subcontractor and manufacturer arrangements, it would enforce the required warranties for the benefit of the government. Furthermore, although GAO agreed with the protester that the amount of work to be subcontracted could not be determined from the face of the bid, this lack of information failed to make the awardee's bid nonresponsive. Accordingly, since the protester failed to provide a basis upon which to modify the prior decision, the prior decision was affirmed.