[Protest of USDA Contract Award for Building Renovation]

B-232453: Nov 7, 1988

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A firm protested a Department of Agriculture (USDA) contract award for building renovation, contending that: (1) the awardee could not comply with its certification that it would only furnish end items manufactured by domestic small businesses; (2) the awardee's products did not comply with specifications; and (3) USDA did not adequately investigate the awardee's responsibility. GAO held that the: (1) awardee's inadvertent completion of the certification did not affect its responsiveness, since the contract did not require the certification; (2) protester unreasonably interpreted a brand-name-or-equal specification; and (3) protester failed to support its contention regarding the USDA investigation of the awardee's responsibility. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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