[Protest of Air Force Rejection of Bid for Coordinate Measuring Machines]

B-228498: Jan 29, 1988

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A firm protested an Air Force procurement for coordinate measuring machines, contending that the Air Force improperly: (1) rejected its bid as nonresponsive for failure to comply with the brand-name specifications, since it was the brand-name bidder; and (2) cancelled the solicitation and converted it to a negotiated procurement. GAO held that the Air Force properly: (1) rejected the protester's bid as nonresponsive, since its unsolicited descriptive literature was ambiguous regarding a required salient characteristic; and (2) cancelled the solicitation and converted it to a negotiated procurement, since all the bids from responsible bidders were nonresponsive. Accordingly, the protest was denied.