Request for Reconsideration of Protest Decision

B-197082.2: Oct 13, 1981

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A firm requested GAO to reconsider its decision involving a protest against three procurement actions taken by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to maintain and enhance the automatic data processing (ADP) capability of its Data Center. The requester contended that the FBI improperly placed orders for ADP equipment with two other firms notwithstanding that the FBI knew that comparable equipment could be obtained from other companies, including the requester, at a significantly lower cost. GAO sustained the protest against two of the purchases but found that no corrective action was available and denied the protest against the third purchase. The requester asked that GAO reconsider both its finding that no corrective action was available with respect to the two procurement actions it found were improper and its denial of the protest against the remaining procurement. The request for reconsideration was dated September 1 and was filed with GAO on September 3. Bid protest procedures require that such requests be filed with GAO no later than 10 working days after the basis for reconsideration is known or should have been known. Since the requester's basis for requesting reconsideration was its disagreement with conclusions in the August 7 decision, the request was untimely filed. Accordingly, the request for reconsideration was dismissed.

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