Welcome to the weekly online journal focused entirely on GAO Bid Protests of Federal Government contract awards brought to you by the Government Contracts Practice Group at General Counsel, P.C.. This site will be updated at least once a week with analysis and summaries of the latest GAO Bid Protest decisions and information to help professionals and business owners make informed decisions on protesting a contract solicitation or award.

Search our archives past GAO protest decisions and come back often to keep up to date on the latest trends and legal decisions in Bid Protests. If you have questions about filing a Bid Protest or you were awarded a contract that has been protested, please contact the editor immediately as missing a filing deadline is the quickest way to lose your right to protest or defend your award.

Brand Name or Equal Archive

  • Link: GAO Decision Protestor: Kingdomware Technologies Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs Disposition: Protest Denied. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: Cancellation of request for quotations (RFQ) issued on a brand name or equal basis was proper where the RFQ failed to list any salient characteristics for use in...

    Kingdomware Technologies, B-407389, December 4, 2012

    Link: GAO Decision Protestor: Kingdomware Technologies Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs Disposition: Protest Denied. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: Cancellation of request for quotations (RFQ) issued on a brand name or equal basis was proper where the RFQ failed to list any salient characteristics for use in...

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  • Link: GAO Decision Protestor: Great Journey West, LLC Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs Disposition: Protest Denied. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: Protest challenging an agency’s issuance of an order under a brand name or equal procurement is denied, where the protestor’s quotation of an equal product failed...

    Great Journey West, LLC, B-407045, September 21, 2012

    Link: GAO Decision Protestor: Great Journey West, LLC Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs Disposition: Protest Denied. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: Protest challenging an agency’s issuance of an order under a brand name or equal procurement is denied, where the protestor’s quotation of an equal product failed...

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  • Link: GAO Decision Protestor: Nas/Corp-Telmah, Inc. Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs Disposition: Protest Denied. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: Protest that agency unreasonably evaluated protester’s quotation as unacceptable is denied where agency properly concluded that protester’s quotation did not show that its microscope met the salient characteristics...

    Nas/Corp-Telmah, Inc., B-405893, January 10, 2012

    Link: GAO Decision Protestor: Nas/Corp-Telmah, Inc. Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs Disposition: Protest Denied. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: Protest that agency unreasonably evaluated protester’s quotation as unacceptable is denied where agency properly concluded that protester’s quotation did not show that its microscope met the salient characteristics...

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  • Link: GAO Decision Protestor: Coastal Seal Services, LLC Agency: Department of the Navy Disposition: Protest Denied. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: Navy decision to limit procurement to brand name, original equipment manufacturer part was unobjectionable where the part was component of critical ship equipment, the failure of...

    Coastal Seal Services, LLC, B-406219, March 12, 2012

    Link: GAO Decision Protestor: Coastal Seal Services, LLC Agency: Department of the Navy Disposition: Protest Denied. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: Navy decision to limit procurement to brand name, original equipment manufacturer part was unobjectionable where the part was component of critical ship equipment, the failure of...

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  • Link: GAO Decision Protestor: Sourcelinq, LLC Agency: Department of the Army Disposition: Protest Denied. Request for Recommendation for Protest Costs Denied. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: Protest is denied where agency reasonably determined that descriptive literature for equal product submitted by protester in response to brand name...

    Sourcelinq, LLC, B-405907.2, B-405907.3, B-405907.4, January 27, 2012

    Link: GAO Decision Protestor: Sourcelinq, LLC Agency: Department of the Army Disposition: Protest Denied. Request for Recommendation for Protest Costs Denied. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAO Digest: Protest is denied where agency reasonably determined that descriptive literature for equal product submitted by protester in response to brand name...

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  • Link:         GAO Opinion Agency:    Department of the Air Force Disposition:  Protest denied. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________  GAO Digest: Under brand name or equal solicitation, protester’s quotation was properly rejected where the protester failed to demonstrate that its product satisfied the salient characteristics and other requirements set forth in...

    ADM International, Inc., B-405854, January 6, 2012

    Link:         GAO Opinion Agency:    Department of the Air Force Disposition:  Protest denied. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________  GAO Digest: Under brand name or equal solicitation, protester’s quotation was properly rejected where the protester failed to demonstrate that its product satisfied the salient characteristics and other requirements set forth in...

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  • Link: GAO Opinion Agency: Department of the Navy Disposition: Protest denied. Keywords: Brand Name or Equal General Counsel P.C. Highlight: With respect to the offer of an “equal” product, an offeror’s proposal must demonstrate that its product conforms to the salient characteristics listed in the solicitation....

    MediaNow, Inc., B-405067, June 28, 2011

    Link: GAO Opinion Agency: Department of the Navy Disposition: Protest denied. Keywords: Brand Name or Equal General Counsel P.C. Highlight: With respect to the offer of an “equal” product, an offeror’s proposal must demonstrate that its product conforms to the salient characteristics listed in the solicitation....

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  • Link: GAO Opinion Agency: Defense Logistics Agency Disposition: Protest sustained. Keywords: Brand Name Procurement General Counsel P.C. Highlight: The FAR permits agencies, in appropriate circumstances, to use “brand name or equal” purchase descriptions, where the purchase description includes a statement of the salient physical, functional or...

    California Industrial Facilities Resources, Inc., d/b/a CAMSS Shelters, B-403397.3, March 21, 2011

    Link: GAO Opinion Agency: Defense Logistics Agency Disposition: Protest sustained. Keywords: Brand Name Procurement General Counsel P.C. Highlight: The FAR permits agencies, in appropriate circumstances, to use “brand name or equal” purchase descriptions, where the purchase description includes a statement of the salient physical, functional or...

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  • Link: GAO Opinion Agency: Department of the Army Disposition: Protest denied. Keywords: Brand name or equal General Counsel P.C. Highlight: It is the vendor’s responsibility to include sufficiently detailed information in its proposal to establish that the item offered will meet solicitation requirements, and blanket statements...

    Medfinity, LLC, B-403366.2, October 28, 2010

    Link: GAO Opinion Agency: Department of the Army Disposition: Protest denied. Keywords: Brand name or equal General Counsel P.C. Highlight: It is the vendor’s responsibility to include sufficiently detailed information in its proposal to establish that the item offered will meet solicitation requirements, and blanket statements...

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  • Link: GAO Opinion Agency: Department of the Air Force Disposition: Protest denied. Keywords: Brand Name or Equal; Product Testing General Counsel P.C. Highlight: The establishment of testing procedures is matter within the technical expertise of the procuring activity, and GAO will not object to the imposition...

    Standard Heater Tube, Inc., B-403155, September 24, 2010

    Link: GAO Opinion Agency: Department of the Air Force Disposition: Protest denied. Keywords: Brand Name or Equal; Product Testing General Counsel P.C. Highlight: The establishment of testing procedures is matter within the technical expertise of the procuring activity, and GAO will not object to the imposition...

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