[Protest of DLA Contract Award for Aircraft Seats]

B-257052: Aug 11, 1994

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A firm protested a Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) contract award for military aircraft seats, contending that DLA improperly rejected its bid on the basis that it was not an approved source for the items. GAO held that: (1) DLA promptly advised the protester that it was not an approved source for the required items; (2) contrary to information the protester submitted, its product was never subjected to first-article testing under a previous contract; (3) DLA properly rejected the protester's unapproved product; and (4) DLA could not reasonably delay the procurement to permit the protester to qualify its product, since there was a critical shortage of the item. Accordingly, the protest was denied.