Untimely Protest of Army Contract Award
B-202195: Mar 17, 1981
- Full Report:
A firm protested the award of a contract by the Department of the Army. The firm initially protested the award of the contract to the contracting officers. The protester asserted that best and final offers were improperly solicited verbally without any subsequent written confirmation. In addition, it was alleged that the procuring officials failed to provide equal consideration and information to all competitors. When the Army received the protest, it requested clarification from the protester. The protester answered by reiterating its previous allegations and requesting additional information under the Freedom of Information Act. The Army sent the information and the protester responded by stating its grounds for protest. The Army denied the protest. Approximately two months after the denial of its protest, the protester filed a protest with GAO. Bid protest procedures state that GAO will consider a protest that has initially been timely filed with the contracting agency only if it is filed within 10 working days of actual or constructive knowledge of initial adverse agency action on the protest. Accordingly, the protest was untimely and was dismissed.