[Protest of FBI Solicitation for Ammunition]

B-257536: Oct 14, 1994

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A firm protested a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) solicitation for ammunition, contending that the: (1) solicitation's evaluation criteria were ambiguous; (2) manufacturing capabilities requirements were unduly restrictive; and (3) FBI should have set aside the procurement for small businesses. GAO held that the: (1) evaluation criteria were clearly stated and provided bidders with sufficient detail to prepare their bids on an equal basis; (2) membership requirement reasonably reflected FBI minimum needs, since FBI did not have the capacity to perform complete testing to confirm product compliance; (3) manufacturing capacity requirement was necessary to ensure the bidders' ability to meet short delivery deadlines; and (4) FBI reasonably decided not to set aside the solicitation for small businesses, since it did not expect to receive at least two bids from responsible small businesses. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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