[Protest of GSA Rejection of Bid for Photocopying Equipment and Related Services]

B-256498.2: Jan 9, 1995

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A firm protested the General Services Administration's (GSA) rejection of its bid for photocopying equipment and related services, contending that: (1) GSA improperly rejected its bid without holding discussions; (2) its alleged bid deficiencies either did not exist or were minor and could be corrected during discussions; and (3) GSA was biased against minority-owned small businesses. GAO held that: (1) GSA reasonably excluded the protester's bid from the competitive range, since it needed extensive revisions to be made technically acceptable; (2) the protester would not have been awarded the contract, since it was offering the original manufacturer's products; and (3) the protester failed to provide any evidence that GSA was biased against minority businesses. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.