[Protest of SSA Contract Award]

B-202813.3: May 12, 1983

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A firm protested the award of a contract under a request for proposals issued by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to update its existing computer access telecommunications data system. The protester contended that, because a suit had been filed against the awardee alleging fraudulent testing activity of its equipment, the contract award should be made to the next low bidder. The protester also requested award of proposal preparation costs and asked that SSA reconsider its denial of its original protest. GAO would not consider the protest and claim for proposal preparation costs, because the allegations against the awardee had only recently been filed in court, so that no evidence had been presented nor a judgment rendered. Accordingly, the protest and claim were dismissed.