Protest Alleging Specification Deficiencies

B-196035: Oct 1, 1979

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A manufacturer of computer products protested the award of a contract on the grounds that the request for proposals (RFP) unreasonably restricted competition by requiring a specific brand name equipment only. The protester also alleged that the delivery date specified in the RFP should be extended and that the method of cost evaluation set forth in the solicitation was deficient. GAO Bid Protest Procedures provide that protests of this type, based on an alleged impropriety which was apparent prior to bid opening date or the closing date for receipt of initial proposals, must be filed before the closing date for receipt of initial proposals. Since the protest was not filed before the closing date for receipt of initial proposals, the protest was untimely and was not considered on its merits.