[Protest of GSA Solicitation for Office Space]

B-276787: Jul 24, 1997

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A firm protested a General Services Administration (GSA) solicitation for leased office space, contending that: (1) the defined geographic area was unduly restrictive of competition; and (2) GSA should have included its building in the competition, since its building was located within the central business area. GAO held that: (1) GSA properly conducted a market survey and identified five buildings within the delineated area that could meet GSA's requirements; (2) GSA reasonably excluded the protester's property, since it was outside the specified area; (3) the protester failed to provide evidence that GSA improperly excluded its property from the central business area; and (4) GSA properly considered social, economic, environmental, and cultural factors in determining its minimum needs and did not violate the requirement for full and open competition. Accordingly, the protest was denied.