[Protest of National Park Service Rejection of Bid]

B-213974.2: Aug 7, 1984

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A firm protested the National Park Service's rejection of its bid as nonresponsive as a result of its failure to acknowledge a solicitation amendment. The protester maintained that it did not receive the amendment. GAO held that the amendment contained requirements which merely effected a decrease in contract performance costs and failure to acknowledge these requirements should have been waived as a minor informality. However, since the amendment also required bidders to submit prices for 2 option years, the protester's failure to comply with the requirement caused its bid to be nonresponsive. Further, the protester's failure to receive the amendment was not a result of contracting personnel's deliberate attempt to exclude it from competition which precluded any improprieties on the contracting agency's part. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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