[Protest of GPO Nonresponsibility Determination]

B-259432: Mar 31, 1995

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A firm protested a Government Printing Office (GPO) nonresponsibility determination, contending that GPO: (1) unreasonably determined that it was nonresponsible based on unrealistic projections of the work; and (2) failed to consider the additional equipment it would use to perform the contract. GAO held that GPO: (1) based its nonresponsibility determination on an unreasonable performance scenario; and (2) failure to consider the protester's ability to obtain the necessary equipment only exacerbated the prejudice the protester already suffered. Accordingly, the protest was sustained and GAO recommended that GPO: (1) conduct a new responsibility determination; (2) terminate the awardee's contract and make award to the protester, if appropriate; and (3) reimburse the protester for its protest costs.

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