[Protest of Army Rejection of Late Bid]

B-218652: Apr 26, 1985

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A firm protested the Army's rejection of its bid as late, contending that its bid should be considered because: (1) a commercial carrier was responsible for the late delivery; (2) it received its package late; and (3) it was the low bidder. GAO has held that bidders are responsible for the timely delivery of their bids by a commercial carrier. Late bids generally require rejection unless the late receipt is due to improper government action and consideration of the late bid would not compromise the integrity of the competitive procurement system. If the protester believed that it did not have sufficient time to prepare its proposal, it should have requested an extension of the bid opening date or protested prior to bid opening. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.

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