[Protest Against DCSC Approval of Firm as Alternate Source for Cartridges]

B-231732: Sep 13, 1988

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A firm protested the Defense Construction Supply Center's (DCSC) approval of another firm as an alternate source for cartridges, contending that: (1) DCSC did not have test data proving that the other firm's part had a 24-month shelf life; (2) since it had to conduct a 24-month shelf life test on its cartridges on a previous procurement, DCSC should have required the other firm to conduct similar tests; and (3) the other firm did not comply with federal pesticide product registration requirements. GAO held that: (1) the solicitation did not require proven performance as a precondition of award; (2) the solicitation did not require a 24-month shelf life test; (3) DCSC properly based its evaluation of the other firm's product only on the current solicitation specifications; and (4) the protest concerning product registration was premature, since the contracting officer had not made a determination of responsibility. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.

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