[Protest of Army IFB for Provision of Lodging and Meals]

B-221559: Mar 10, 1986

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A firm protested a geographic restriction in an Army solicitation for lodging, meals, and transportation for recruits, contending that: (1) while its facility was outside the specified area, its performance under previous contracts was satisfactory; (2) the restriction was arbitrary and capricious; and (3) the Army would not be able to obtain sufficient competition from within the specified area. The Army noted that it imposed the restriction because: (1) its recruits and recruiters had to spend excessive time traveling over an allegedly dangerous road to reach the protester's location; and (2) it had suffered a loss in efficiency by contracting with the protester on previous occasions. GAO held that: (1) the geographic restriction was reasonable because it would allow the Army to increase its recruit processing efficiency; and (2) the protester's contentions regarding the extent of competition were speculative. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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