[Protest of Army Solicitation for Gas Mask Canisters]

B-240579: Dec 4, 1990

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A firm protested an Army solicitation for gas mask containers, contending that the Army was required to procure the canisters using sealed bidding procedures. GAO held that the: (1) Army's failure to utilize sealed bid procedures prejudiced the protester; (2) likelihood of unexpected changes occurring after bid opening and before award did not adequately justify the conduct of discussions; and (3) Army was required to employ sealed bidding procedures. Accordingly, the protest was sustained, and GAO recommended that the Army: (1) recompete the procurement using sealed bid procedures; and (2) reimburse the protester for its protest costs.

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