[Protest of Air Force Solicitation for Handling System Containers]

B-271578: Jul 9, 1996

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A firm protested an Air Force solicitation for storage and transport containers for the KC-135 aircraft cargo roller handling system, contending that the Air Force improperly used proprietary information from its unsolicited proposal as the basis for the solicitation's specifications. GAO held that the: (1) brochure and pricing sheet that the protester submitted to the Air Force did not contain proprietary data and thus were not subject to certain procurement restrictions; and (2) Air Force properly determined that the protester's brochure and pricing information was promotional in nature and used the information in a competitive procurement. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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