[Protest of Cancellation of Navy IFB]

B-212689.3,B-212689.4: Feb 14, 1984

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A firm protested the cancellation of an invitation for bids and the readvertisement of the requirement by the Navy. Because the Navy had received an applicable wage determination at least 10 days prior to bid opening but failed to issue a solicitation amendment, the contracting officer determined that cancellation and resolicitation were necessary. The protester contended that, as low bidder, it should have been awarded the contract with subsequent negotiations to incorporate the wage determination into the contract. GAO found that: (1) the contracting officer knew of the existence of the wage determination and that it contained higher wage rates prior to bid opening; (2) award under the original solicitation would have been tantamount to award of a contract different from the one advertised; and (3) the contracting officer had a reasonable basis for cancelling the solicitation. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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