[Protest of VA Solicitation for Blood and Related Services]

B-259717: Apr 4, 1995

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A firm protested a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) solicitation for blood and blood products, and related services, contending that VA: (1) improperly used sealed bidding procedures to conduct the procurement; and (2) should have considered factors other than price in its contractor selection. GAO held that: (1) the solicitation specifications addressed most of the quality concerns raised by the protester; (2) VA was not required to use negotiated procurement procedures since it could satisfy bidder responsibility questions without negotiations; and (3) VA properly used sealed bidding procedures in the instant procurement. Accordingly, the protest was denied.