[Protest of Justice Contract Award for Laundry Services]

B-218042: Feb 1, 1985

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A firm protested a Bureau of Prisons contract award for laundry services, contending that it should have received the award because its bid would have been low if consideration had been given to its prompt payment discount. The discount was not considered in evaluating the bid because of a current regulatory prohibition. Furthermore, since the solicitation put bidders on notice not to rely upon oral representations of agency personnel, the bidder must suffer the consequences of its reliance upon a contracting officer's advice when it submitted its prompt payment discount. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.