Protest of Late Bid Rejection

B-194257: Mar 28, 1979

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A protester's bid was rejected since it was not received by the contracting agency until after the time set for the bid opening. The protester did not dispute the fact that its bid was late but argued that the U.S. Postal Service guaranteed that the bid would be delivered before the deadline. However, the protester's late bid was properly rejected notwithstanding mailing of the bid by certified mail since it was sent less than 5 days prior to specified bid opening. The protest was denied.