[Protest of Air Force Contract Award for Word Processing Equipment]

B-218277.2: May 15, 1985

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A firm protested an Air Force contract award, contending that its proposal was improperly rejected before it was allowed to demonstrate its proposed equipment. The original protest was withdrawn after the Air Force agreed to permit the protester to demonstrate the equipment. In resubmitting its protest, the protester stated that it would incur undue expense by procuring the equipment for the proposed testing. Since the Air Force agreed to test the equipment, which was the relief sought in the original protest, GAO found that any protest against the bid rejection was academic. Furthermore, because the protester requested the demonstration, GAO found that it did not have a legitimate basis for protesting the cost of the equipment. In addition, this aspect of the protest was untimely since it was filed more than 10 days after the basis for the protest was known. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.

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