[Protest of Specifications in GSA RFP for Debt Collection Services]

B-219397: Sep 11, 1985

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

A firm protested a General Services Administration (GSA) solicitation for private debt collection services, contending that the solicitation specifications unduly restricted competition. GAO noted that: (1) bid protest regulations require that an initial protest set forth a detailed statement of the legal and factual protest grounds so that the agency can furnish its report responding to the protest within 25 working days; (2) the protester filed a detailed explanation of its basis for protest, as well as several new allegations of apparent improprieties, more than 2 weeks after the closing date for receipt of proposals; and (3) permitting the subsequent filing of an additional statement in support of its protest would hamper the contracting agencies' ability to comply with the statutory time limitation for filing its report. GAO found that: (1) GSA properly ignored the late details submitted by the protester; (2) the new allegations in the late submission were untimely since they were not raised until after the closing date for receipt of proposals; (3) GSA provided a reasonable explanation as to why the specifications were necessary to meet its minimum needs; and (4) the protester failed to show that the restrictions were unreasonable under the circumstances. Accordingly, the protest was denied.