[Protest of Amendment Under GSA Solicitation for Paper Towels]

B-229581: Mar 4, 1988

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A firm protested the General Services Administration's (GSA) amendment of a solicitation for paper towels, contending that the amendment was improper, since it: (1) would not meet the government's minimum needs; and (2) facilitated inclusion of the towels on the Committee for Purchase from the Blind and Other Severely Handicapped's procurement list to limit competition to handicapped workshops. GAO held that it: (1) would not consider the protest, which did not involve a solicitation or contract award; and (2) had no jurisdiction to judge the amendment's propriety, since the Wagner-O'Day Act vested exclusive authority in the Committee to establish and maintain the suitability of items for inclusion on the list. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.

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