[Protest of NSF Contract Award]

B-215485: Oct 22, 1984

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A firm protested a contract award under a National Science Foundation (NSF) solicitation for computer software, contending that NSF improperly rejected its bid for failure to meet a requirement that the protester was never informed of. NSF publicized the procurement in the Commerce Business Daily, but the published synopsis did not mention the requirement. However, GAO held that the protester was constructively informed of the requirement during two demonstrations of its software for NSF because, during each demonstration, NSF informed the protester that the software could not perform the required functions. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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