[Protest of Navy Contract Award for Crane System]

B-227080.2,B-227080.3: Oct 26, 1987

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Two firms protested a Navy contract award for crane services, contending that: (1) the specifications were inconsistent, contained errors, and were not in accordance with industry standards; (2) the Small Business Administration (SBA) improperly determined that the awardee was a small business; (3) SBA redefined the solicitation's work statement; and (4) the awardee's descriptive literature failed to show that its bid complied with the specifications. GAO held that: (1) the Navy properly rejected one protester's bid as nonresponsive for failure to sign the bid; (2) the other protester untimely filed after bid opening its protest against alleged solicitation improprieties; (3) it would not consider protests against SBA or other agency actions, since they were not within its jurisdiction; and (4) it would not disturb the Navy's determination of technical adequacy based on descriptive literature, absent a showing of unreasonableness. Accordingly, the protests were dismissed in part and denied in part.