Protest Based on Awardee's Responsiveness and Responsibility

B-190693: Mar 28, 1978

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A protester to a contract award contended that the awardee was nonresponsive and did not comply with responsibility criteria. The protest was denied because: the awardee's bid did not take exception to unit packaging requirements, a minor informality in requirements can be waived, the awardee fulfilled definitive responsibility requirements and the contracting officer's determination of responsibility was reasonable, and there was no evidence that the contracting officer was aware of a change in a requirement which would have required a solicitation amendment. A challenge by the awardee to release of information could not be acted upon since GAO has no authority under the Freedom of Information Act to determine what documents other Government agencies must or must not disclose.