[Protest of Army Contract Award for Electronic Units for Laser Range Finder System]

B-225143: Mar 3, 1987

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A firm protested an Army contract award to a foreign firm for electronic units for a laser range finder system, contending that the Army improperly waived the Buy American Act preference for domestic end products. GAO noted that, under an agreement between the United States and Israel, the Buy American Act price differential did not apply to Israeli products other than mobilization base items. GAO held that: (1) since the procurement was for electronic spare parts that were not necessary to maintain the mobilization base, the waiver of Buy American Act price differentials was proper; and (2) the Army was not required to equalize any competitive advantage the awardee obtained because it was not subject to the same socioeconomic requirements as domestic firms. Accordingly, the protest was denied.