[Protest of Air Force Subcontract Award for Runway Modifications]

B-240289: Oct 18, 1990

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A firm protested an Air Force subcontract award for runway modifications, contending that the prime contractor erroneously determined that the awardee satisfied responsibility criteria. GAO held that the Air Force's affirmative determination of the awardee's responsibility was unreasonable, since the solicitation specified that the awardee must be regularly engaged in airfield paving work, and the awardee did not reasonably certify its experience. Accordingly, the protest was sustained, and GAO recommended that the Air Force: (1) make award to the protester, if otherwise appropriate; and (2) reimburse the protester for its protest costs.

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