Protest of Agency Refusal To Extend Closing Date for Initial Proposals

B-198454: Jul 22, 1980

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A firm protested the refusal of an agency to extend the closing date for initial proposals. The request for proposals called for the development of an economic benefit model for pollution effects on materials. The firm requested references to, or definitions of, existing damage functions, but the request was refused by the project officer as the information was in n open literature. The agency finally issued a partial listing in an amendment to the request for proposals. As the firm received the amendment only 10 calendar days prior to the closing date, it requested an extension of the due date. This request was denied. The agency stated that the information in the amendment was not critical, the amendments were mailed to all prospective offerors simultaneously, and only the protester requested an extension. GAO found that the agency's refusal to extend the closing date was not improper. The protest was denied.