Protest Regarding Procurement Specifications and Procedures

B-184880: Feb 6, 1976

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The protester objected to the award of a contract, alleging that solicitation specifications placed it at a competitive disadvantage and that the bidding process was "tinged with strange secrecy, irregularity, and caprice." Protests regarding the solicitation specifications were untimely since they were not submitted within 10 working days of the formal notification of the agency's denial of the protest or before the closing date for receipt of proposals. Allegations regarding the procurement process were not supported since a negotiated procurement was involved and there was no public opening of proposals, the identity of offerers was not disclosed prior to award, and the amounts of the offerers' proposals were not disclosed until after award.