[Protest of GSA Solicitation for Leased Space]

B-275803,B-275803.2: Mar 31, 1997

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Three individuals protested the reopening of a General Services Administration (GSA) solicitation for leased space, contending that: (1) GSA already issued it a legally binding contract; (2) GSA waived inconsistencies in their bid during prior discussions; (3) a competing bid was submitted after the due date for initial proposals; and (4) a competing firm should be excluded from competition since it changed its name during the course of the procurement. GAO held that: (1) the issuance of an unsigned lease document to the protestors did not constitute a contract award; (2) GSA properly reopened discussions to address existing proposal deficiencies; (3) GSA timely received the competitor's bid; and (4) an ambiguity concerning a bidder's identity may be properly resolved during discussions prior to the award. Accordingly, the protest was denied.