[Protest of DGSC Rejection of Bid as Nonresponsive]

B-223244.2: Jun 30, 1986

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A firm protested the rejection of its bid as nonresponsive because it included a restriction on bid disclosure, contending that it only intended to restrict the physical handling of the bid package, not the contents of the bid itself. GAO held that: (1) the procuring agency properly rejected the bid since the bid disclosure restrictions rendered it nonresponsive; (2) a bid must publicly disclose the type of products offered, and the price, quantity, and delivery terms for the procured item; (3) the agency's disclosure of a restricted bid price at bid opening did not cure the bid's nonresponsiveness; and (4) a protester cannot clarify its bid to explain restrictive conditions after bid opening. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.