[Protest of DLA Contract Award for Anchor Chain]

B-278648: Feb 23, 1998

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A firm protested a Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) contract award for flash butt welded, stud link anchor chain, contending that: (1) DLA improperly failed to evaluate the bidders compliance with the domestic manufacturing requirements; and (2) the awardee's anchor chain would not be manufactured in the United States and therefore should have been rejected in accordance with the Department of Defense Appropriations Act. GAO held that: (1) the awardee complied with statutory requirements for domestic manufacture of the chain; (2) foreign manufacture of the studs was not prohibited by the act as long as the stated cost perimeters were met; and (3) DLA awarded the contract to the bidder submitting the proposal representing the best value. Accordingly, the protest was denied.