B-171398(2), MAR 30, 1971

B-171398(2): Mar 30, 1971

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IT APPEARS THAT THE APPARANT LAST-MINUTE EFFORT TO SAVE ONE WEEK IN THE PROCUREMENT WAS NOT JUSTIFIED IN LIGHT OF THE SEVERAL EXTENSIONS FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS. SECRETARY: REFERENCE IS MADE TO THE LETTER DATED JANUARY 19. WE ARE ENCLOSING A COPY OF OUR DECISION DENYING THE PROTEST. WHILE WE HAVE DENIED THE PROTEST. WHICH MIGHT HAVE BEEN ANTICIPATED IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES. THE JUSTIFICATION FOR THE ACTION IS PARTICULARLY WEAK SINCE IT WAS PRECEDED BY A NUMBER OF EXTENSIONS FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS. THE LAST OF WHICH WAS ISSUED ONE DAY BEFORE THE DEADLINE WAS ADVANCED BY AMENDMENT NO. 0006.

B-171398(2), MAR 30, 1971

BID PROTEST - DATE OF BID OPENING CONCERNING PROTEST BY PARKER-HANNIFIN CORPORATION AGAINST THE REJECTION OF ITS PROPOSAL. WHILE THE COMP. GEN. HAS DENIED THE PROTEST, IT APPEARS THAT THE APPARANT LAST-MINUTE EFFORT TO SAVE ONE WEEK IN THE PROCUREMENT WAS NOT JUSTIFIED IN LIGHT OF THE SEVERAL EXTENSIONS FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS. APPROPRIATE ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN TO AVOID SUCH A SITUATION IN FUTURE PROCUREMENTS.

TO MR. SECRETARY:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO THE LETTER DATED JANUARY 19, 1971, REFERENCE SUP 0232, WITH ATTACHMENTS, FURNISHING OUR OFFICE WITH A REPORT ON THE PROTEST BY PARKER-HANNIFIN CORPORATION, AGAINST THE REJECTION OF ITS PROPOSAL UNDER REQUEST FOR QUOTATIONS NO. N00156-71-Q-2004, ISSUED BY THE NAVAL AIR ENGINEERING CENTER, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA. WE ARE ENCLOSING A COPY OF OUR DECISION DENYING THE PROTEST.

WHILE WE HAVE DENIED THE PROTEST, WE QUESTION THE JUSTIFICATION FOR ISSUING AMENDMENT NO. 0006 IN AN APPARENT LAST-MINUTE EFFORT TO SAVE ONE WEEK. THE RESULTING CONFUSION, WHICH MIGHT HAVE BEEN ANTICIPATED IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES, DELAYED THIS PROCUREMENT FOR A MUCH LONGER PERIOD. THE JUSTIFICATION FOR THE ACTION IS PARTICULARLY WEAK SINCE IT WAS PRECEDED BY A NUMBER OF EXTENSIONS FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS, THE LAST OF WHICH WAS ISSUED ONE DAY BEFORE THE DEADLINE WAS ADVANCED BY AMENDMENT NO. 0006. WE ARE BRINGING THIS MATTER TO YOUR ATTENTION FOR APPROPRIATE ACTION TO AVOID