[Protests of DISC Solicitations for Small Purchases]

B-261538,B-261556,B-261566,B-261567: Aug 14, 1995

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Four firms protested the Defense Industrial Supply Center's (DISC) solicitation for small purchases, contending that the electronic bid transmission requirement was overly restrictive of competition. GAO held that: (1) DISC had a reasonable basis for requiring that quotes be submitted electronically; (2) the requirement was not overly burdensome for prospective vendors; and (3) the requirement was consistent with the mandate that DISC promote competition to the maximum extent practicable. Accordingly, the protests were denied.