[Complaint of Solicitation Specifications]

B-206754: Jan 24, 1983

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Ralph O. White
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Kenneth E. Patton
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A firm complained that the specifications in a solicitation issued by the Kansas State Department of Transportation for bridge repair were unduly restrictive and effectively limited the competition for that portion of the project to one manufacturer. The bridge repair project was substantially funded with with Federal moneys and complaints concerning contracts under Federal grants are handled by GAO. GAO stated that the firm's complaint involved an alleged deficiency apparent on the face of the solicitation and, to be considered on its merits, such a complaint must be filed before bid opening when corrective action is most practicable. GAO concluded that since the firm's initial complaint was filed 1 month after bid opening it was untimely and not for consideration. Accordingly, the complaint was dismissed.

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