Protest Alleging Inadequate Information in RFP

B-194716: Sep 4, 1979

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A company protested the award of any contract for an audit of the financial records of a Federally-funded nonprofit corporation alleging that it could not prepare a price proposal based only on the information provided in the request for proposal (RFP). Where the RFP and the previous year's auditor's report furnished to offerors provided sufficient information for an offeror to make a price proposal, the protest was without merit. Nevertheless, prospective offerors would benefit if permitted to examine accounting records and to question accounting personnel and should be permitted to do so where feasible. The Government is not required to equalize the competitive advantage of a past contractor where such an advantage does not result from preference or unfair action by the Government. The protest was denied.