[Protest of DPSC Solicitation Provision Applying Evaluation Factor to Bids Offering Foreign End Product]

B-224527: Jan 30, 1987

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A firm protested a Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) solicitation for silica cloth, contending that DLA: (1) erroneously applied a foreign end product evaluation factor to its bid price, since the factor did not apply to silica cloth, but only to certain specific items of defense equipment; (2) unfairly cancelled the solicitation, since its price was reasonable without the factor; and (3) improperly exposed its bid price by cancelling the solicitation. GAO held that DLA: (1) properly included the 50-percent evaluation factor, since the regulation applied to all foreign offers; (2) properly cancelled the solicitation, since the acceptable bids offering domestic end products were unreasonable; and (3) did not prejudice the protester by exposing its prices, since it would be able to bid under the resolicitation. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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