Protest of SBA Refusal To Consider Proposal
B-204940: Oct 28, 1981
- Full Report:
A firm protested the Small Business Administration's (SBA) refusal to consider its proposal which was submitted after the time specified in the solicitation for the receipt of proposals. The protester stated that, the same day the proposals were due, it telephoned SBA to request an extension of time for submitting its proposal. SBA denied the protester's request to extend the deadline for receipt of proposals. The protester also stated that, since regularly scheduled flights to the location for delivery of proposals would not arrive in time to allow delivery of the proposals, the protester chartered a private flight which permitted delivery of its proposal to the SBA office 15 minutes after the deadline. SBA rejected the proposal because it was submitted late. The general rule is that an offeror has the responsibility for the timely delivery of its proposal to the proper location and personnel. GAO was aware of no basis which would permit consideration of the protester's hand-carried proposal delivered after the time set forth in the solicitation. Therefore, the rejection of the late proposal was proper, and the protest was denied.