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CAP AND MILLINERY WORKERS INTERNATIONAL UNION: FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO THE MATTER OF YOUR PROTEST REGARDING THE PROCUREMENT OF FRAME SERVICE CAPS UNDER MILITARY SPECIFICATION NO. F-20268 WHICH WAS THE SUBJECT OF OUR LETTERS OF JULY 22 AND DECEMBER 6. WE ARE NOW ADVISED THAT THE QUARTERMASTER CORPS. HAS CONTRACTED FOR THE PURCHASE OF STAYS AND GROMMETS OF THE TYPE IN QUESTION WHICH WILL BE FURNISHED TO CAP CONTRACTORS WITH THAT DEPARTMENT AS GOVERNMENT-FURNISHED MATERIAL. WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED BY THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY (MATERIAL) THAT. BIDS WILL BE SOLICITED BY THE MARINE CORPS ON THE BASIS OF GOVERNMENT-FURNISHED STAY SUPPORTS AND GROMMETS AND ON AN ALTERNATIVE BASIS WHEREBY THE CONTRACTOR WILL SUPPLY THESE ITEMS.

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B-123812, MAR. 22, 1956

TO UNITED HATTERS, CAP AND MILLINERY WORKERS INTERNATIONAL UNION:

FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO THE MATTER OF YOUR PROTEST REGARDING THE PROCUREMENT OF FRAME SERVICE CAPS UNDER MILITARY SPECIFICATION NO. F-20268 WHICH WAS THE SUBJECT OF OUR LETTERS OF JULY 22 AND DECEMBER 6, 1955, TO YOU.

WE ARE NOW ADVISED THAT THE QUARTERMASTER CORPS, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY, HAS CONTRACTED FOR THE PURCHASE OF STAYS AND GROMMETS OF THE TYPE IN QUESTION WHICH WILL BE FURNISHED TO CAP CONTRACTORS WITH THAT DEPARTMENT AS GOVERNMENT-FURNISHED MATERIAL. IN ADDITION, WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED BY THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY (MATERIAL) THAT, ON THE NEXT REQUIREMENT FOR CAP FRAMES, BIDS WILL BE SOLICITED BY THE MARINE CORPS ON THE BASIS OF GOVERNMENT-FURNISHED STAY SUPPORTS AND GROMMETS AND ON AN ALTERNATIVE BASIS WHEREBY THE CONTRACTOR WILL SUPPLY THESE ITEMS.

IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS METHOD OF PROCUREMENT WILL TEND TO REMOVE THE SERIOUS QUESTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN RAISED REGARDING FREEDOM OF COMPETITION IN MILITARY CAP PROCUREMENTS.

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