Protest of Navy Contract Award

B-207505: Jun 11, 1982

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A firm protested the award of a contract under an invitation for bids (IFB) issued by the Navy. The protester contended that the awardee's bid did not meet the Navy's IFB specifications and the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standards. When the firm initially protested to the Navy, it asked the Navy to notify GAO of its formal complaint. The protester also made a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that the Navy provide it with the awardee's submittals so it could determine if the awardee's product complied with the specifications and UL standards. The Navy informed the protester that: (1) the award had been made; (2) it could not comply with the FOIA request at that time; and (3) a protest to GAO should be filed directly with GAO. GAO had no record of receiving this letter, and the protester took no steps to ascertain the status of its protest with GAO for almost 1 year. Therefore, the protest was untimely filed. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.

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