[Protest of Air Force Decision to Amend Solicitation and Reopen Negotiations]

B-233947.2: Mar 27, 1989

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A firm protested the Air Force's decision to procure logic analyzers under a modified solicitation, contending that it was entitled to award under the original solicitation, since: (1) the awardee's product did not comply with the specifications; (2) only its product could meet the Air Force's minimum needs; and (3) the Air Force's proposed relaxation of the requirements would put it at a competitive disadvantage. GAO held that: (1) the Air Force properly terminated the original contract and issued a modified solicitation to obtain the logic analyzers, since it reasonably determined that the original solicitation overstated its minimum needs; and (2) it would not consider a protest that a solicitation should be further restricted. Accordingly, the protest was denied.