B-225658, B-225692, APR 20, 1987, 87-1 CPD 426

B-225658,B-225692: Apr 20, 1987

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THE SAME AGENCY AND THE SAME AWARDEE ARE DISMISSED BECAUSE NO USEFUL PURPOSE WOULD BE SERVED BY FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE PROTESTER'S COMPLAINTS. BOTH SOLICITATIONS WERE FOR SPARE PARTS FOR COMPRESSORS MANUFACTURED BY THE PROTESTER. THE PROTESTER FILED IDENTICAL PROTESTS WITH THIS OFFICE COMPLAINING THAT IN BOTH PROCUREMENTS THE AGENCY HAD USED LESS STRINGENT TESTING METHODS IN DETERMINING WHETHER COMPRESSOR'S ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTS WERE ACCEPTABLE THAN "THOSE APPLICABLE TO THE PART SPECIFIED.". THE ISSUES RAISED BY DRESSER-RAND IN THIS CASE ARE VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL TO THOSE CONSIDERED AT LENGTH IN INGERSOLL-RAND CO. THE AGENCY WOULD NOT HAVE HAD AUTHORITY TO DO SO. WE HAVE DISMISSED SUBSEQUENT PROTESTS BY THE SAME PROTESTER ON THE SAME ISSUES INVOLVING THE SAME AGENCY AND THE SAME AWARDEE.

B-225658, B-225692, APR 20, 1987, 87-1 CPD 426

PROCUREMENT - BID PROTESTS - MOOT ALLEGATION - GAO REVIEW DIGEST: PROTESTS RAISING ESSENTIALLY THE SAME ISSUES AS THOSE RESOLVED IN A RECENT PROTEST INVOLVING THE SAME PROTESTER, THE SAME AGENCY AND THE SAME AWARDEE ARE DISMISSED BECAUSE NO USEFUL PURPOSE WOULD BE SERVED BY FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE PROTESTER'S COMPLAINTS.

DRESSER-RAND COMPANY:

DRESSER-RAND COMPANY (FORMERLY INGERSOLL-RAND) PROTESTS THE AWARD OF A CONTRACT BY THE DEFENSE CONSTRUCTION SUPPLY CENTER, COLUMBUS, OHIO, TO COMPRESSOR ENGINEERING CORPORATION UNDER REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS NO. DLA700- 86-R-3544. DRESSER-RAND ALSO PROTESTS THE AGENCY'S PROPOSED AWARD TO COMPRESSOR UNDER REQUEST FOR QUOTATIONS NO. DLA700-86-Q-E707. WE DISMISS THE PROTESTS.

BOTH SOLICITATIONS WERE FOR SPARE PARTS FOR COMPRESSORS MANUFACTURED BY THE PROTESTER. IN EACH INSTANCE, THE SOLICITATION SPECIFIED AN INGERSOLL- RAND PART NUMBER BUT ALSO PROVIDED FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE AGENCY OF ALTERNATE PRODUCTS. THE PROTESTER OFFERED TO PROVIDE THE SPECIFIED PRODUCTS WHILE COMPRESSOR OFFERED ALTERNATE PRODUCTS AT LOWER PRICES. THE AGENCY EVALUATED THE ALTERNATE PRODUCTS AND FOUND THEM TO BE TECHNICALLY ACCEPTABLE.

THE PROTESTER FILED IDENTICAL PROTESTS WITH THIS OFFICE COMPLAINING THAT IN BOTH PROCUREMENTS THE AGENCY HAD USED LESS STRINGENT TESTING METHODS IN DETERMINING WHETHER COMPRESSOR'S ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTS WERE ACCEPTABLE THAN "THOSE APPLICABLE TO THE PART SPECIFIED." DRESSER-RAND ALSO COMPLAINS THAT THE AGENCY FAILED TO ADD THE COST OF GOVERNMENT TESTING TO THE PRICES OFFERED BY COMPRESSOR, DID NOT OBTAIN SUFFICIENT DATA REGARDING THE ALTERNATE PRODUCTS, AND IN GENERAL DID NOT CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE OF FULL AND OPEN COMPETITION.

THE ISSUES RAISED BY DRESSER-RAND IN THIS CASE ARE VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL TO THOSE CONSIDERED AT LENGTH IN INGERSOLL-RAND CO., B-224706, ET AL., DEC. 22, 1986, 86-2 CPD PARA. 701. IN THAT CASE, WE SAID THAT THE REQUIREMENT THAT AN AGENCY TREAT ALL OFFERORS EQUALLY DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE SAME PROCEDURES USED IN THE PAST TO QUALIFY PRODUCTS MUST BE USED THEREAFTER IN SUBSEQUENT PROCUREMENTS TO QUALIFY OTHER PRODUCTS. WE ALSO SAID THAT SINCE THE SOLICITATION THERE, AS HERE, DID NOT PROVIDE FOR THE COST OF TESTING TO BE ADDED TO THE PRICES FOR ALTERNATE PRODUCTS, THE AGENCY WOULD NOT HAVE HAD AUTHORITY TO DO SO. SINCE THAT DECISION, WE HAVE DISMISSED SUBSEQUENT PROTESTS BY THE SAME PROTESTER ON THE SAME ISSUES INVOLVING THE SAME AGENCY AND THE SAME AWARDEE. SEE INGERSOLL-RAND CO., B-225052, JAN. 27, 1987, 87-1 CPD PARA. ***; INGERSOLL-RAND CO., B-225346 ET AL., MAR. 6, 1987, 87-1 CPD PARA. ***. WE SAID IN THESE LATTER CASES THAT BECAUSE WE ALREADY HAD FOUND THE ISSUES RAISED TO BE WITHOUT MERIT, NO USEFUL PURPOSE WOULD BE SERVED BY OUR CONSIDERING THEM AGAIN. WE THINK THE SAME RESULT SHOULD OBTAIN HERE. SEE H.V. ALLEN CO., INC., B-226059 ET AL., MAR. 20, 1987, 87-1 CPD ***.

THE PROTESTS ARE DISMISSED.

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  • Silver Investments, Inc.
    We dismiss the protest as untimely because it was filed more than 10 days after the protester knew, or should have known, the basis for its protest.
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