Protests against Small Business Self-Certification by Low Bidder

B-188385: Aug 9, 1977

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The protester objected to the award of a small business set-aside contract to the low bidder, alleging that the low bidder was not responsible to perform the contract for lack of expertise and capability and that the low bidder was not a small business. The protester has not affirmatively established that the small business self-certification of the low bidder was made in bad faith. The agency should consider the feasibility of contract termination, since the Small Business Administration, less than three weeks after the award, found that the contractor was other than a small business.