Protest Against Rejection of Bid for Failure To Comply With Invitation

B-183245: Aug 14, 1975

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The protester objected to the rejection of its bid as nonresponsive and to the award of the contract to another bidder. Where the invitation provided that in order to meet minimum performance standards the contractor had to furnish a minimum number of hours, the protester's bid, predicated on a lessor number of manhours, was properly rejected as nonresponsive. There was no basis for the protester's allegation that the successful bid would result in a profit rate of over 40 percent per month when the contracting officer's method of computing the minimum labor costs was reasonable and indicated a profit rate of less than 5 percent. The protest regarding the bid evaluation criteria was untimely and not for consideration since it was not filed prior to bid opening.