[Protest of Possible Contract Award]

B-208655.3: Mar 2, 1983

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A firm protested a possible contract award under a small business set-aside issued by the Army, contending that the potential awardee employed too many workers to qualify as a small business. In addition, the protester questioned whether the low bidder could supply equipment conforming to the solicitation specifications, since its bid was significantly lower than four other bids. GAO stated that it does not review size status protests which, under statutory law, are matters for review by the Small Business Administration. GAO also held that the submission of a below-cost bid is not a valid basis to challenge a contract award. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.