[Protests of Air Force IFB Bonding Requirements]

B-212439,B-212439.2,B-212439.3: Oct 11, 1983

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Five firms protested the bonding requirements in an Air Force solicitation. One of the firms submitted its protest prior to the bid opening date, but did not pursue the matter when questioned by GAO; accordingly, that protest was dismissed. The remaining four firms submitted their protests after bid opening. Since the bonding requirements were apparent on the face of the solicitation, the protests should have been raised prior to bid opening. Therefore, they were untimely and not for consideration. Accordingly, the remaining protests were also dismissed.