[Protests of DISA Solicitations for Three Defense Information System Network Components]

B-270841,B-270842,B-270843: May 1, 1996

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A firm protested three Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) solicitations for Defense Information System Network components, contending that: (1) DISA improperly failed to allow bidders to submit a single integrated proposal under these solicitations; and (2) the network design exceeded DISA minimum needs, unduly restricted competition, and would not result in the most technically superior and cost-effective system. GAO held that: (1) DISA had the discretion to use separate solicitations for the components; (2) DISA properly imposed substantial risk on all bidders and minimal risk on itself through the multiple solicitations; (3) the multiple-solicitation approach did not unduly restrict competition; and (4) DISA reasonably determined that the multiple solicitations would meet its minimum needs and allow it to take advantage of future technological innovations and lower bid prices. Accordingly, the protests were denied.

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