[Protest of Navy Contract Award]

B-210025: Jan 11, 1983

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A firm protested any award to another firm under an invitation for bids issued by the Navy. The protester argued that the other firm submitted an unreasonably low bid and questioned whether it was a responsible bidder and would comply with the requirements of the solicitation. With respect to below-cost bids, there is no legal principle which states that an award may be precluded because such a bid was submitted. In any event, GAO stated that the question presented here was one of bidder responsibility, and affirmative determinations of responsibility which are made by the contracting agency are not ordinarily disturbed by GAO. Circumstances which would allow exceptions to this practice were not present in this case. The protester's suggestion that the other firm would not comply with the requirements was a matter pertaining to contract administration which is the function of the contracting agency. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.