[Protest of Interior Contract Award]

B-212565: Nov 15, 1983

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A firm protested the award of a contract to another firm under an invitation for bids issued by the Department of the Interior. The solicitation was amended three times, and the awardee's bid acknowledged each amendment. The protester contended that: (1) the awardee's bid should not have been accepted because it did not contain the modified bidding schedule; (2) the awardee improperly modified its bid; and (3) it had been notified by Interior that it would be hearing favorably regarding the procurement. GAO found that: (1) the awardee's use of the original bidding schedule, along with its acknowledgment of the solicitation amendments, bound it to the conditions of the later schedule; (2) by considering the modification of the awardee's bid, Interior caused no prejudice to other bidders; and (3) while Interior's actions may have misled the protester regarding which firm would be the awardee, its actions where not improper and did not adversely affect the consideration of the protester's bid. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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