[Protest of Navy Contract Award for Interior Designer Services]

B-218980,B-218980.2,B-218980.3,B-218980.4: Aug 1, 1985

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A firm protested contract awards to another firm under four Navy purchase orders for interior design services, contending that: (1) the Navy should have obtained the required services through the special procedures prescribed for the procurement of architectural or engineering services; (2) the Navy improperly disclosed confidential price information to other bidders; (3) it already had a contract for the services being solicited; and (4) even if its protest was untimely filed, it would have been considered because it raised significant issues and was late for good cause. The protester also requested a conference on protest issues. GAO held that: (1) the portion of the protest relating to the use of special procurement procedures was untimely filed because GAO did not receive it before bid opening; (2) the portion of the protest relating to the alleged disclosure of confidential information was untimely filed because GAO did not receive it within 10 days of the time the protester became aware of the basis for protest; (3) the portion of the protest alleging that the protester already had a contract for the required services was untimely filed because GAO did not receive it within 10 days of the time the Navy notified the protester that it would conduct a competitive procurement; (4) it did not believe that the protest raised significant issues or was late for good cause; and (5) since it would not consider the merits of the protest, a conference would serve no useful purpose. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.