[Protest of State Contract Award for Satellite Terminals]

B-255213: Feb 15, 1994

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A firm protested a Department of State contract award for satellite terminals, contending that: (1) the awardee's proposed equipment did not have all the required features listed in the announcement; and (2) its product had all the required features and represented the best value to the government. GAO held that: (1) State was not required to procure a product with all the specific features of the advertised product, since the announcement was not the equivalent of a formal solicitation; (2) State reasonably determined that the awardee's equipment met its minimum needs at the lowest cost to the government; (3) State properly ordered the equipment from the awardee; and (4) it did not have jurisdiction to review State's decision to proceed with the procurement pending the outcome of the protest. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.

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