[Protest of DOT Rejection of Bid as Nonresponsive]

B-215138: Sep 6, 1984

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A firm protested the rejection of its bid as nonresponsive under a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) small business set-aside solicitation, contending that: (1) while it failed to sign its bid, its intent to be bound was evidenced by the acceptable letter of credit it submitted as a bid guarantee; and (2) its failure to acknowledge a solicitation amendment was a minor informality which FAA should have waived. GAO held that: (1) the letter of credit did not sufficiently evidence the protester's intent to be bound by its bid because it did not bear the protester's signature; and (2) since the bid was nonresponsive, the protester's failure to acknowledge the solicitation amendment was irrelevant. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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