CM Manufacturing, Inc., B-293370, March 2, 2004
B-293370, Mar 2, 2004
DIGEST Contracting agency did not deny protester the opportunity to qualify as a source for solicited part by failing to include in the solicitation a description of required anodizing procedures for the item being procured where those procedures were clear from information furnished to the protester and where engineer responsible for qualification personally explained to the protester the required anodizing process and the reason for it while reviewing its qualification request. The RFP notified prospective offerors that the acquisition was restricted to qualified sources and identified as approved sources Goodrich and four other firms. The RFP went on to note that "[t]his waiver will be granted if and only if the design control authority . . . can establish the qualifications of the offeror through the evaluation of written inputs from the offeror or from previous knowledge of the offeror's capabilities or from previous experience with the offeror on similar item acquisitions.