Link: GAO Opinion
Agency: National Aeuronautics and Space Administration
Disposition: Protest denied.
General Counsel P.C. Highlight:
GAO denied the protest of Womack Machine Supply Co., regarding the terms of a request for quotations (RFQ) issued by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for hydraulic servo control manifolds.
NASA posted to its website its intent to procure 300 hydraulic servo control manifolds on a sole-source basis and invited firms to submit bids. After receiving a number of responses, the agency issued the solicitation. NASA received several bids, including Womack’s, but ultimately decided the revise the solicitation to provide new performance requirements, including design criteria. Offerors were notified that bids that did not demonstrate that testing had been performed would be technically unacceptable.
Womack argues that the revised testing requirement is unreasonable. GAO stated that the record showed that NASA properly concluded that failure to include the testing requirements would preclude the agency from determining whether the proposed manifolds would be compatible and interchangeable with NASA’s exiting manifolds. Womack did not show how the decision to include the requirement was unreasonable or unnecessary. GAO concluded that because the manifold is part of the overall hydraulic testing system and was required to be interchangeable, the testing requirement was reasonable.