[Protest of Air Force Contract Award for Operation and Maintenance Services]

B-219687: Oct 22, 1985

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A firm protested an Air Force contract award for operation and maintenance services, alleging improprieties in a solicitation amendment requiring signed statements of availability from key personnel not presently employed by the offerer. In a letter to the Air Force, the protester had objected to providing signed statements from the incumbent contractor's current employees. The Air Force had responded by issuing an amendment requiring such statements and establishing a closing date for best and final offers. GAO found that, even if the firm's letter was not considered an agency-level protest, its protest against an alleged impropriety incorporated by an amendment to a solicitation was filed after the next closing date for receipt of proposals following incorporation and was, therefore, untimely. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.

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