[Protest of Air Force Contract Award for Laser]

B-232290: Aug 19, 1988

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A firm protested an Air Force contract award for a laser under a brand-name-or-equal procurement, contending that: (1) the Air Force orally informed it that it would add a 12-percent evaluation factor to the brand-name equipment that the solicitation specified, pursuant to the Buy American Act; and (2) its bid would have been low if the Air Force had applied the evaluation factor to the awardee's bid. GAO held that the: (1) act exempted Canadian products from its requirements; and (2) solicitation notified offerers that oral advice would not be binding. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.

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