[Request for Reconsideration of Denial of Protest Against Administrative Office of the United States Courts Procurement]

B-218619.2: Sep 17, 1985

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A firm requested reconsideration of a decision denying its protest of the cancellation of an Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts solicitation. The agency cancelled the solicitation after the General Services Administration (GSA) advised it that the cost of the procurement should include Federal Telecommunications System access costs. Based on GSA figures, the system was not cost-effective; therefore, the agency decided to purchase different equipment under a GSA contract. In its request for reconsideration, the protester contended that the agency's cancellation of the solicitation was unreasonable because other connection options were not examined. GSA informed GAO that access through a particular connector was required since the other connection would cause a service degradation which was not permitted for new locations in the network and would be inconsistent with GSA policy to provide the highest quality service at the lowest practical cost. In addition, GAO found that the protester did not show any error of fact or law in the prior decision. Accordingly, the prior decision was affirmed.

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