[Protest of Air Force IFB Cancellation]

B-218014.3: Apr 24, 1985

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A firm protested the Air Force's cancellation of a solicitation for work on housing units. Although the protester submitted the lowest bid, the Air Force found it to be nonresponsive. The Air Force also determined that the solicitation was too restrictive and warranted cancellation. However, GAO held that the contracting officer incorrectly found that the solicitation was too restrictive since adequate competition was obtained. Further, a review of the protester's bid did not identify any reason to find that it was nonresponsive. GAO held that there was no compelling reason to cancel the solicitation. Accordingly, the protest was sustained, and GAO recommended that the cancelled solicitation be reinstated and award be made to the protester.