[Request for Reconsideration of Dismissals of Protests as Untimely]

B-223194.2,B-223195.2,B-223196.2: Jun 25, 1986

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An individual requested reconsideration of the dismissals of her protests under an Administrative Office of the United States Courts solicitation for court reporting services. The agency had rejected her bids as nonresponsive because her system was unacceptable. In her request for reconsideration, the protester alleged that: (1) the agency did not advise her of her protest rights; (2) she timely filed her protest after learning of her rights; and (3) the protest dismissals failed to consider a GAO report which concluded that her type of reporting system was more efficient than other methods. GAO found that: (1) the protester's assertion that she was unaware of her appeal rights was not a basis for waiver of the timeliness rules; and (2) it was the protester's responsibility to timely raise the issue of the GAO report. Accordingly, the prior dismissals were affirmed.