Rejection of Bid as Nonresponsive

B-188633: Aug 31, 1977

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The protester objected to the rejection of its bid as nonresponsive. The bid was nonresponsive since the bidder failed to demonstrate that the units bid satisfied the 2-year experience requirement specified in the solicitation. A nonresponsive bid cannot be considered even if the units bid satisfy the intent of the specifications or the bid offers the Government monetary savings. The alleged innovative feature of the units cannot be considered in determining the low bidder unless the characteristics of such features are set forth in the invitation as evaluation criteria so that bidders can compete on an equal footing.