[Protest of HUD Contract Award for Broker Services]

B-224323: Dec 1, 1986

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A firm protested a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) contract award for broker services, contending that: (1) the award was improper because the awardee's bid acceptance period had expired; (2) HUD failed to request acceptance period extensions from the offerers; and (3) HUD did not file its administrative report within the required 25-day period. GAO held that, since: (1) both offerers unilaterally extended their acceptance periods, there was no need for the contracting officer to request extensions; (2) the awardee's acceptance period had not expired before contract award, the allegation that the award was improper was without factual basis; and (3) the agency's late filing did not prejudice the offerers, that portion of the protest was without merit. Accordingly, the protest was denied.