[Protest of Army Contract Award]

B-210848: Jun 28, 1983

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A firm protested an Army contract award issued under an invitation for bids (IFB). The IFB contained a provision which stated that telegraphic modifications of bids would be considered but cautioned that such a modification should not reveal the amount of the original or revised bid. Despite this provision, the awardee submitted a telegraphic modification before bid opening which revealed its revised bid price. The protester alleged that revealing the price violated the terms of the solicitation and rendered the awardee's bid nonresponsive. GAO held that revealing the bid price in a telegraphic modification prior to bid opening was contrary to the terms of the solicitation, but it was a waivable error where no proof of prejudice to other bidders was presented. Accordingly, the protest was denied.