[Protest of Navy Contract Award for Replacement of Building Windows and Screens]

B-222599: Aug 27, 1986

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A firm protested a Navy contract award for the replacement of windows and screens, contending that: (1) the awardee's bid was nonresponsive, since it offered residential-grade windows instead of the required commercial grade; and (2) it did not have a fair chance to compete because the specifications led it to offer the more expensive windows. GAO determined that: (1) the protester's interpretation was proper since the amended solicitation did not adequately identify the type of window required; and (2) the protester was entitled to recover its bid preparation costs and the costs of filing and pursuing its protest. GAO found no legal basis for the protester to recover lost income or anticipated profits, even if it should have received the award. Accordingly, the protest was sustained.