[Protest of USUHS Rejection of Bid for Integrated Computer Programs]

B-221292: Apr 7, 1986

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A firm protested the rejection of its bid under a Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) solicitation for computer software, contending that: (1) the solicitation contained inconsistencies; (2) USUHS allowed insufficient time for proposal preparation after issuing a solicitation revision; (3) USUHS improperly disclosed the protester's participation in the competition to other vendors; (4) USUHS rejected its proposal based on information not contained in the proposal; (5) the awardee's bid was nonresponsive; and (6) USUHS negotiated a lower price with the awardee by using the protester's proposal as leverage. GAO held that: (1) the protests against solicitation inconsistencies and improper disclosure were untimely filed; (2) the protester did not respond to the deficiencies that USUHS cited in its bid; (3) the protester provided no evidence supporting its allegations of bias or bad faith; and (4) the remaining protest issues were academic, because there was no basis for questioning the protester's elimination from the competition. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed in part and denied in part.

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