[Request for Reconsideration of Protest of GPO Contract Award]

B-260135.2: Jun 7, 1995

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A firm requested reconsideration of its dismissed protest of a Government Printing Office (GPO) contract award. GAO had held that: (1) GPO could properly accept a below-cost bid; (2) it would not review an allegation of a competitor's bid error or the GPO affirmative responsibility determination; and (3) the protester untimely filed its protest of an alleged solicitation ambiguity after bid opening. In its request for reconsideration, the protester contended the solicitation ambiguity did not become apparent until it became aware of other bidders' very low bid prices. GAO held that the: (1) solicitation ambiguity was apparent, since the protester questioned GPO about its meaning and GPO failed to give it a definitive answer; and (2) protester relied on its interpretation of the provision at its own risk. Accordingly, the original decision was affirmed.