[Request for Reconsideration]

B-210585.2: Apr 5, 1983

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A firm requested reconsideration of a decision which dismissed as untimely its protest that the General Services Administration prevented it from competing for a contract. GAO found the protest to be untimely because the protester failed to file the protest within 10 working days of the time it learned of its basis for protest. The protester contended that, in addition to the original bases of protest, its subsequent bid, which was submitted nearly 4 months after bid opening, had been incorrectly rejected as late. GAO believed that its initial determination that the protest was untimely was correct and that the new contention did not constitute a separate and independent basis of protest. GAO declined to consider the merits of the protest since it was filed 4 months after the basis of protest was learned. In addition, since the late bid did not fall within any of the exceptions of Federal Procurement Regulations which permit the consideration of late bids, GAO found that the rejection of the late bid was proper. Accordingly, the original decision was affirmed.