[Protest of Terms of FAA RFP for an Airport Surface Detection Equipment System]

B-218566: Aug 15, 1985

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A firm protested the terms of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) solicitation for the supply and installation of an airport surface detection equipment system, contending that the specifications: (1) were unduly restrictive; (2) exceeded the agency's minimum needs and were impossible to meet; (3) required capabilities that were beyond the state of the art and involved severe risk; (4) were improper; and (5) were significantly relaxed by FAA after it rejected ther's proposal had as technically unacceptable. GAO found that: (1) the specification's were reasonable and necessary and FAA received more than two proposals; (2) the protester failed to show that the requirements exceeded FAA minimum needs; (3) the protester failed to show that the specifications were impossible to meet or that the risk to the contractor exceeded that inherent in most contracts; (4) the protest concerning improprieties was untimely; and (5) since FAA had neither amended the RFP to relax the specifications nor made award, allegations to that effect were premature. Accordingly, the protest was denied.