[Protest of Air Force Contract Award for Lathes]

B-240426,B-240426.4: Nov 20, 1990

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A firm protested an Air Force contract award for lathes, contending that the awardee's product did not comply with the requirements. GAO held that the: (1) awardee's descriptive literature indicated that its product did not comply with the requirement that it be a manufacturer's current model; and (2) Air Force should have rejected the awardee's offer as technically unacceptable. Accordingly, the protest was sustained, and GAO recommended that the Air Force: (1) terminate the contract and make award to the protester, if otherwise appropriate; and (2) reimburse the protester for its protest costs.