[Protest of Navy Contract Award for Appraisal Services]

B-245287: Dec 23, 1991

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A firm protested a Navy contract award for appraisal services, contending that the Navy unreasonably refused to allow it to compete. The Navy contended that its requirement that the contractor belong to a specific professional organization of appraisers: (1) was reasonable under the small-purchase standards for full and open competition; and (2) would ensure that the contractor was qualified to perform the services. GAO held that the Navy failed to justify its exclusion of contractors that belonged to alternative professional organizations. Accordingly, the protest was sustained, and GAO recommended that the Navy reimburse the protester for its protest costs.

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