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Remember To Quote Approved Rates

March 26, 2010

In Perot Sys. Govt. Servs., Inc. (Jan. 21, 2010), GAO affirmed GSA's rejection of the protester's quote on the basis that Perot quoted rates it was negotiating with GSA for a five-year extension of its FSS contract that were higher than its current, GSA-approved rates. GAO made clear that, even if an RFQ's language about pricing appears to allow the quotation of non-approved rates, it must be read in a manner consistent with FAR Part 8.4, which requires vendors in FSS purchases to quote schedule prices that are published and that have been determined to be fair and reasonable by GSA.

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Marc F. Efron
Retired Partner – Washington, D.C.