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TO THE YALE AND TOWNE MANUFACTURING COMPANY: FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 1. WERE RESTRICTIVE AND DESIGNED FOR ONE MANUFACTURER. THE RECORD BEFORE US DISCLOSES THAT THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CANCELLED THIS INVITATION FOR REASONS NOT RELATED TO YOUR PROTEST AND THAT ALL BIDDERS HAVE BEEN SO ADVISED. IT APPEARS THAT SARGENT GREENLEAF LOCKS WERE REQUIRED BECAUSE NEITHER THE CONTRACTING OFFICER NOR THE COGNIZANT SECURITY OFFICE BELIEVED THAT ANY OTHER LOCK COULD MEET THE SECURITY REQUIREMENTS. BRYSON WORKED DILIGENTLY WITH THIS LOCK FOR MORE THAN 30 MINUTES BEFORE HE WAS ABLE TO GET A WORKABLE COMBINATION. IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT THE COMBINATION CHANGE TIME OF THE YALE AND TOWNE LOCK WOULD BE MORE THAN FIVE TIMES THAT REQUIRED TO CHANGE A KEY-CHANGE TYPE LOCK.

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B-141407, JAN. 7, 1960

TO THE YALE AND TOWNE MANUFACTURING COMPANY:

FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 1, 1959, AND ENCLOSURES, ALLEGING THAT THE SPECIFICATIONS UNDER INVITATION NO. DS5 SD- FFQ-412, ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY, WERE RESTRICTIVE AND DESIGNED FOR ONE MANUFACTURER.

THE RECORD BEFORE US DISCLOSES THAT THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CANCELLED THIS INVITATION FOR REASONS NOT RELATED TO YOUR PROTEST AND THAT ALL BIDDERS HAVE BEEN SO ADVISED.

HOWEVER, FOR YOUR INFORMATION IN CONNECTION WITH ANY SIMILAR PROCUREMENTS IN THE FUTURE, IT APPEARS THAT SARGENT GREENLEAF LOCKS WERE REQUIRED BECAUSE NEITHER THE CONTRACTING OFFICER NOR THE COGNIZANT SECURITY OFFICE BELIEVED THAT ANY OTHER LOCK COULD MEET THE SECURITY REQUIREMENTS. IN A TEST OF THE LOCK YOU PROPOSED TO FURNISH, THE ARMY'S REGULAR LOCK SPECIALIST SPENT MORE THAN 20 MINUTES TRYING TO CHANGE THE COMBINATION. AS A RESULT OF HIS UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPTS, HE ASKED YOUR MR. BRYSON TO CHANGE THE COMBINATION. THE RECORD SHOWS THAT MR. BRYSON WORKED DILIGENTLY WITH THIS LOCK FOR MORE THAN 30 MINUTES BEFORE HE WAS ABLE TO GET A WORKABLE COMBINATION. IT APPEARS MR. BRYSON HAD DIFFICULTY IN READING THE NUMBERS (WHITE NUMBERS ON WHITE NYLON MATERIAL) ON THE TUMBLERS. IN CONNECTION WITH THIS TEST, IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT THE COMBINATION CHANGE TIME OF THE YALE AND TOWNE LOCK WOULD BE MORE THAN FIVE TIMES THAT REQUIRED TO CHANGE A KEY-CHANGE TYPE LOCK.

IN VIEW OF THIS RECORD, WE DO NOT BELIEVE WE WOULD BE JUSTIFIED IN OBJECTING TO THE ACTION ..END :

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