[Request for Reconsideration of Protest of GSA Solicitation for Office Space]

B-257634.2: Apr 17, 1995

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A firm requested reconsideration of its dismissed protest of a General Services Administration (GSA) solicitation for office space. GAO had held that the protester untimely filed after bid opening its protests of alleged solicitation improprieties. In its request for reconsideration, the protester contended that: (1) GAO should have considered its first argument, since it involved a violation of statute regarding procurement preferences; (2) it held telephone conversations with GSA and GAO officials about the lack of a cost adjustment prior to bid opening; and (3) it timely raised the allegation of bad faith in its comments on the agency report. GAO held that: (1) none of the protester's allegations met the exceptions to the timeliness requirements; (2) the protests had to be submitted in writing to be valid; and (3) there was no evidence that GSA issued the solicitation in bad faith. Accordingly, the original decision was affirmed.