[Protest of Army Cancellation of RFP for Wedge Assemblies]

B-219001: Aug 20, 1985

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A firm protested the cancellation of an Army solicitation for missile wedge assemblies, contending that: (1) the cancellation was not in the government's best interest; and (2) while its bid was the only one submitted under the solicitation, its bid price was competitive. The Army contended that the protest should be dismissed because the protester failed to timely provide a copy of the protest to the contracting officer, as required by protest regulations. GAO held that: (1) the purpose of the regulation was served because the contracting officer timely received a copy of the protest through other channels and promptly commenced preparation of his protest report; and (2) the Army reasonably cancelled the solicitation after it determined that the item offered by the protester was excessive in cost and inadequate to fulfill its minimum needs. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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