[Request for Reconsideration of Protest of Proposed Army Contract Award]

B-211788.2: Nov 16, 1983

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A firm requested reconsideration of a decision that denied its protest of a proposed Army contract award. The protester contended that the Army's acceptance of a correction to the awardee's worksheets displaced the protester as the low bidder. The protester's position was that: (1) the evaluative process for determining the lowest bid should be the totals reached from extension of unit prices; and (2) the contracting officer's decision to correct a unit price consistent with the extended price for that item was improper. GAO held that: (1) bids must be interpreted reasonably and, where the extended price represents the only reasonable interpretation of the intended bid, a unit price can be corrected to be consistent with the total bid; and (2) since the protester merely presented the same points raised in its earlier protest, no reversal of the initial decision was warranted. Accordingly, the prior decision was affirmed.

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