[Protest of Contract Award to Either the First or Second Low Bidder]

B-209908: Jun 7, 1983

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A firm, the incumbent contractor and third low bidder, protested any award of a contract to either the first or the second low bidder under an invitation for bids issued by the Navy for maintenance of family housing. The protester contended that: (1) they both submitted unbalanced bids; and (2) one aspect of the solicitation's evaluation scheme was defective. GAO stated that: (1) a protest against allegedly unbalanced bids is denied where the record shows only that the allegedly unbalanced bids are lower than either the Government estimate or the bid of the incumbent protester; and (2) a protest against the allegedly defective evaluation scheme is untimely when filed after bid opening. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.

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