[Protest of GSA Contract Award for Tool Cabinets]

B-219945: Sep 12, 1985

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A firm protested a General Services Administration (GSA) contract award, contending that the solicitation specifications unnecessarily restricted competition and favored a brand name product. The protester also questioned the rejection of its proposal without GSA requesting a best and final offer. GAO found that: (1) the request for proposals (RFP) required a brand name or equal product; (2) GSA rejected the product which the protester offered because it was not equal to the brand name product solicited; and (3) since protests based on alleged improprieties in an RFP must be filed before the closing date for receipt of initial proposals, the protester's contention that the solicitation specifications unnecessarily restricted competition was untimely. A review showed that the protester had not offered a technically acceptable product; therefore, GAO found that GSA was not required to conduct discussions with or request a best and final offer from the protester. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.