[Protest of Air Force Contract Award for Control Units]

B-279251.2,B-279251.3: Jun 1, 1998

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A firm protested an Air Force contract award for small shelter/environmental control units (SS/ECU), contending that the Air Force: (1) improperly evaluated its SS/ECU; and (2) should have communicated with it concerning certain failures of its equipment during government testing. GAO held that: (1) the Air Force reasonably evaluated the protester's bid as unacceptable, since the proposed equipment failed to meet a number of mandatory specifications; and (2) since the protester failed to recognize missing equipment and instructions during government testing, the Air Force was not be responsible for recognizing these problems. Accordingly, the protest was denied.