[Protest of BIA Solicitation for Substation Transformers]

B-258769: Feb 14, 1995

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A firm protested a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) solicitation for substation transformers, contending that: (1) BIA improperly set aside the procurement for exclusive Indian participation; (2) BIA may have had a prearrangement with the proposed awardee; and (3) the proposed awardee was ineligible for award. GAO held that: (1) BIA did not abuse its discretion in restricting the procurement to Indian firms; (2) BIA reasonably determined that the proposed awardee was an eligible Indian firm and qualified dealer; (3) BIA conducted a market survey to identify other potential Indian bidders capable of meeting the requirement; and (4) the protester was not sufficiently interested to protest the set-aside, since it was a non-Indian firm ineligible for award. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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