Protest Against "Fatal" Errors During Procurement Is Untimely

B-188564: Apr 18, 1977

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A protest was made against a General Services Administration (GSA) procurement for automated data and telecommunication services with computer time. The protester alleged that evaluation errors were made by GSA: refusal to accept proposal revision; failure to accept can improved pricing plan; and the use of a benchmark evaluation only, which created an imbalance in cost measurement criteria and a gaming situation for the offerors. Since the protest was not filed in a timely manner, it was untimely and was dismissed.