[Protest of DOE Contract Award for Modeling and Forecasting Support Services]

B-225648: Feb 17, 1987

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A firm protested a Department of Energy (DOE) contract award for modelling and forecasting support services, contending that DOE: (1) improperly awarded the contract to a higher bidder; and (2) failed to respond to a written request for specific information as to why it eliminated the protester from competition. GAO noted that DOE notified the protester that it rejected the bid as technically unacceptable and subsequently conducted an oral debriefing at the protester's request to discuss proposal deficiencies. GAO held that: (1) the protester untimely filed the protest 5 months after the debriefing, when it became aware of the basis for protest; (2) the protester did not provide any evidence to show that the award to the higher bidder was improper; and (3) the protester untimely filed the portion of the protest based on alleged solicitation improprieties. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.

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