[Protest of Air Force Contract Award for Construction Work]

B-221954: Feb 27, 1986

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A firm protested an Air Force contract award and the rejection of its bid, contending that an award to the only other bidder was not competitive or in the best interest of the agency. GAO noted that: (1) the Air Force rejected the protester's bid as nonresponsive because it offered a 60-day bid acceptance period instead of the required 90-day period; (2) the protester raised its allegations to the Air Force in a letter and a mailgram and then sent a copy of the mailgram to GAO; and (3) the Air Force denied the agency-level protest because any waiver of the 90-day bid acceptance period would be prejudicial to other bidders and the awardee's price was believed to be fair and reasonable. GAO found that: (1) the protest alleging that the Air Force improperly rejected the protester's bid was untimely since it was filed more than 10 days after the protester received notice of the adverse action; and (2) since the mailgram did not state any valid basis for protest, it was not sufficient to constitute a timely protest to GAO. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.