[Protest of Air Force Solicitation for Computer Equipment]

B-256363: Jun 15, 1994

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A firm protested an Air Force solicitation for computer equipment, contending that the: (1) solicitation specifications were unduly restrictive; (2) Air Force failed to consider environmental factors in the determination of the most probable life-cycle cost; and (3) technical evaluation factors were incomplete. GAO held that the: (1) solicitation requirement for central processing unit serial numbers was unduly restrictive, since it did not clearly express the Air Force's minimum needs; (2) Air Force reasonably decided not to consider environmental factors in the determination of the most probable life-cycle cost; and (3) technical evaluation factors were incomplete. Accordingly, the protest was sustained in part and denied in part, and GAO recommended that the Air Force: (1) amend the solicitation to accurately express its minimum needs; (2) allow bidders to revise their bids; and (3) reimburse the protester for its protest costs.