[Protest of Air Force Refusal To Award Contract After Selection]

B-215093: Aug 22, 1984

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A firm protested the refusal of the Air Force to award it a contract for architect-engineering services, alleging that it had been chosen for award by the Air Force's selection committee and that contracting officials were biased. After learning that two of its selection board members had previously worked for the protester's president, the Air Force decided to choose a new selection board to avoid any possible appearance of conflict of interest. GAO found that the protest was premature since: (1) no formal solicitation had been issued; (2) no requirement for the services had been submitted to the contracting officer; and (3) the protester was still being considered for the award. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.