Zarc International, Inc., B-292708, October 3, 2003
B-292708: Oct 3, 2003
Issuance of an order for alternative vendor's equivalent product is nonetheless unobjectionable where agency determined that equivalent product would meet its needs at a lower price than named vendor's. It would have altered its quotation to its competitive advantage. Thus that award to any other firm is improper. The agency explains that the inert spray being acquired here is used to train Federal law enforcement officers in the use of the working version of the spray. A non-lethal law enforcement tool that the officers will carry and use in the field. Zarc contends that issuance of an order to Guardian was contrary to the terms of the RFQ. Given the agency's determination that the Guardian item will meet its needs.