[Protest Alleging Unduly Restrictive Requirements in DLA Solicitation]

B-214842: Jun 19, 1984

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A firm protested a Defense Fuel Supply Center contract award for coal, contending that the solicitation specifications were unduly restrictive and that award to itself would be in the Government's best interest. Bid protest procedures require that a protest alleging improprieties in a solicitation which are apparent prior to bid opening be filed prior to that time. Since the allegedly unduly restrictive specification was evident from the face of the solicitation, the protest, not filed until after bid opening, was untimely on this issue. Furthermore, bid protest procedures require that protests of other than solicitation improprieties be filed not later than 10 working days after the basis for protest is known. Therefore, the protest concerning the protester's bid rejection was untimely since it was not filed within this timeframe. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.