[Protest of Bid Rejection as Nonresponsive]

B-211326: Apr 22, 1983

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A firm protested the Forest Service's rejection of its bid under a solicitation for automobile rental. The protester contended that its bid was improperly rejected as nonresponsive for failure to fill in a blank space provided to indicate mileage charges for automobile rental. The protester also contended that all other bids should have been rejected because none of the other bidders signed the bid continuation sheets. GAO stated that in similar circumstances, where the bid form provided a space for the bidder to indicate the price of an item and the bidder intended no charge, it has required the bidder to take some affirmative step to indicate that the bidder was willing to commit itself to furnish the services covered by the item at no charge. In this case, since the protester's bid provided no indication of its intent with regard to the mileage charge, its bid was properly rejected as nonresponsive. With regard to the protester's contention concerning the other bidders, GAO concluded that the bidders' signatures on the bid forms were sufficient to show intent to be bound by the bids and a failure to sign the continuation sheets did not render the bids nonresponsive. Accordingly, the protest was summarily denied.