[Protest of Navy Rejection of Bid for Disposal Services]

B-219450: Oct 28, 1985

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A firm protested the Navy's rejection of its low bid under a solicitation for refuse disposal services. The Navy had revised the original specifications and extended the bid opening date but not the performance starting date. The protester contended that it discovered after bid opening that, as a result of the change, it could not obtain the specified containers from its supplier in time, and the incumbent contractor refused to sell its containers. The protester argued that the Navy should have extended the existing contract and postponed the starting date for the replacement contract. GAO noted that: (1) the protester did not request an extension in the contracting starting date or otherwise indicate that it needed additional time until after bids were opened; and (2) once bids were opened, the Navy could not properly have made award to the protester based on a later starting date than specified. Therefore, GAO found that Navy's rejection of the protester's bid was proper, and referral to the Small Business Administration would have been meaningless since the protester had indicated that it would need an extension of the contract starting date. Accordingly, the protest was denied.