[Protest of DLA Rejection of Bid for Boots]

B-253776: Sep 27, 1993

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A firm protested the Defense Logistics Agency's (DLA) rejection of its bid for boots, contending that the exception to the domestic item restriction for chemical warfare protective clothing should apply to its bid, since its product was intended for personnel engaged in chemical warfare functions. GAO held that DLA properly determined that the exception to the domestic item restriction did not apply to the protester's bid, since: (1) the product was not intended to be worn by personnel engaged in chemical warfare; (2) the product's protective capability against chemical agents was speculative; and (3) personnel involved in chemical warfare were required to wear different protective footwear specifically designed to withstand chemical warfare agents. Accordingly, the protest was denied.