Request for Reconsideration

B-206394.2: Apr 13, 1982

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A firm requested reconsideration of a decision which dismissed as untimely the firm's protest against the proposed award of a contract by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation for replacement of a bridge. The firm contended that the protest should be considered on the merits because: (1) the decision's timeliness conclusion is allegedly based upon a new, apparently unprecedented interpretation of bid protest procedures, which unfairly penalizes the protester for following the plain instructions of the procedures; or (2) the protester raised issues significant to procurement practices and procedures. After considering the protester's contentions, GAO held that the protester had not shown any errors of law or fact in the prior decision's conclusion that its protest against the proposed award of a subcontract was not filed within 10 working days after the protester learned of the initial adverse agency action taken by the prime contractor. Further, GAO held that the matter did not present a significant issue within the meaning of the bid protest procedures. Accordingly, the prior decision was affirmed.