[Protest of VA Contract Award for Installation of Security Equipment]

B-220668: Jan 29, 1986

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A firm protested a Veterans Administration (VA) contract award for the design and installation of security equipment, claiming that: (1) since it submitted the low responsive bid, VA should award it the contract; and (2) it was prejudiced by post-bid-opening discussions VA held with other bidders. GAO found that: (1) VA held improper discussions after bid opening; (2) the protester submitted a bid that was nonresponsive for reasons unrelated to the discussions and was, therefore, ineligible for award; (3) the protester's bid acceptance period did not meet VA requirements; and (4) since the protester was ineligible, it would not disturb the award. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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