[Request for Reconsideration of Dismissal of Protest Against Specifications in Army IFB]

B-224537.2: Oct 27, 1986

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A firm requested reconsideration of its protest against the specifications in an Army solicitation for tank chain assemblies which GAO dismissed as untimely, contending that: (1) the timeliness regulation prevented the government from getting competitive pricing, since its bid was low; and (2) its chain assemblies would perform properly even though they did not conform with the specifications. GAO noted that the Army had dismissed the protester's bid as nonresponsive. GAO held that: (1) its timeliness requirements ensure an orderly, equitable, and prompt resolution of protests; and (2) the protester was unable to use its bid's rejection as a basis to protest a specification on which the rejection was based. Accordingly, the dismissal was affirmed.