Protest Against Determination of Nonresponsiveness

B-206103: Feb 4, 1982

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A firm protested the award of a contract alleging that an incorrect delivery term was included in its bid through clerical error causing it to be nonresponsive. The protester contended that, pursuant to statutory regulations, the contracting officer should have corrected the mistake. However, GAO held that nonresponsiveness may not be cured through mistake-in-bid correction procedures, and it was apparent from the protester's initial submission that the contracting officer correctly rejected the bid as nonresponsive. Accordingly, the protest was denied.