[Protest of USGS Bid Rejection]
B-209438.2: May 10, 1983
- Full Report:
A firm protested the U.S. Geological Survey's rejection of its bid for photographic services, contending that a clerical error had been made in its bid preparation and that it should have been allowed to correct it. The agency rejected the bid because, although it was obvious that a mistake had been made, the intended bid could not be determined from the information provided. GAO has held that, regardless of a bid error, the intended bid must be ascertainable from the face of the bid. In this case, the contracting officer properly denied the request for correction. The protester also argued that, since it had agreed to waive its error claim and accept the contract at its original bid price, it should have been awarded the contract. GAO held that, when a bidder alleges a mistake after bid opening, the bidder is not free to waive its mistake claim unless it is clear that the intended bid would have been the lowest. That fact could not be determined here. Accordingly, the protest was denied.