[Protest of Air Force Contract Award for Manuals]

B-240689.2: Mar 13, 1991

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A firm protested an Air Force contract award for manuals, contending that: (1) the Air Force failed to disclose its plans to purchase a system after award as government furnished equipment; and (2) it included the cost of the system in its bid, since it did not know of the Air Force's plans to purchase the system. GAO held that the: (1) Air Force reasonably selected a higher-priced, higher-rated bid in accordance with the solicitation's emphasis on technical factors; and (2) protester's elimination of the system from its bid would not have affected the award decision, since its relatively low price was not a factor in award. Accordingly, the protest was denied.