[Protest of Any Contract Award Under Defense Industrial Supply Center IFB for Sheet Steel]

B-222541: Jun 24, 1986

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A firm protested any Defense Industrial Supply Center contract award for sheet steel, contending that the two other bids were nonresponsive because they contained restrictions on the disclosure of their manufacturing facilities, contrary to the solicitation specifications. GAO found that: (1) the solicitation required bidders to provide the name and location of their manufacturing facilities; and (2) the two firms listed their manufacturing facilities but requested that the location of their facilities remain confidential. GAO held that: (1) since the protester filed its protest more than 2 months after it knew the basis of its allegations, the protest was untimely filed; and (2) if a protester submits a letter to the procuring agency after learning of its basis for protest, but fails to complain of any improper agency action or request corrective action, the letter does not constitute a protest to the agency. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.