[Protest of Refusal of BIA To Consider Proposal]

B-212619: Aug 23, 1983

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A firm protested the refusal of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to consider its proposal under a request for proposals for a cultural resources survey. The protester contended that its proposal would have been timely received but for the Government's mishandling of it. The protester sent its proposal via express mail, and the mailing label indicated that its delivery had been attempted before the closing time for receipt of proposals. However, the proposal's time-date stamp showed that it was actually delivered a workday after the closing date. GAO found that there was no evidence that the proposal was in the Government's possession before the closing date for receipt of proposals and that the protester mailed its bid less than 5 days before the closing date; therefore, the protester's proposal was not eligible to be considered by the contracting agency under the exceptions to the timeliness requirements for receipt of proposals. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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