[Protest Alleging Restrictive RFP]

B-208893: Jan 10, 1983

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A firm protested a request for proposals (RFP) issued by a Government prime contractor for a scanning electron microscope. The protester contended that the RFP specifications were excessively restrictive and limited competition to a single firm. The record showed that, 2 days prior to the closing date for receipt of proposals, the protester sent a telegram to the contractor in which it contended that the specifications were overly restrictive and stated its intention to file a protest with GAO. However, GAO did not receive that protest until 6 days after the closing date for receipt of proposals. GAO stated that the protester's telegram to the contractor was merely a notification of its intent to protest and did not constitute a protest in itself; therefore, the protest to GAO was clearly untimely under bid protest procedures. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.

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