[Claim for Bid Preparation Costs Alleging Wrongful Cancellation of Corps of Engineers IFB]

B-213428.3: Oct 22, 1984

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A firm claimed the award of bid preparation costs in connection with the allegedly wrongful cancellation of an invitation for bids (IFB) issued by the Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps stated that the IFB was cancelled due to the lack of objectivity and ambiguity of a certain line item and because the IFB contained no criteria for evaluating the required operational spare parts list. The protester contended that the specifications were not ambiguous and that, being the low responsive and responsible bidder on the IFB, it was entitled to award to bid preparation costs. GAO found that the IFB did not serve the best interests of the government, since in effect it contained no specification for operational spare parts and no basis or standard for evaluating a bidder's proposed spare parts. Accordingly, the Corps acted properly in cancelling the IFB, and the protester was not entitled to award of bid preparation costs.