[Protest of Army Rejection of Low Bid as Nonresponsive]

B-219559: Aug 9, 1985

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A firm protested the Army's rejection of its low bid as nonresponsive and the award of a contract to the next lowest bidder, contending that it should have been allowed to correct a typographical error concerning the length of its acceptance period. The Army had rejected a late modification from the protester because the bid was nonresponsive on its face and, therefore, could not be modified after bid opening to conform to the solicitation. GAO found that: (1) a bid that is nonresponsive must be rejected and alleged mistakes cannot be corrected; (2) the Army properly rejected a late modification from the protester; and (3) a nonresponsive bid may not be accepted even though it would result in monetary savings since it would compromise the integrity of the competitive bidding system. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.

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