[Protest of GSA Rejection of Bid as Nonresponsive]

B-226797: May 6, 1987

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A firm protested the General Services Administration's (GSA) rejection of its bid for painting services as nonresponsive. GAO noted that: (1) GSA rejected the bid because the bid guarantee was insufficient; and (2) the protester filed its protest with GAO more than 1 month after GSA denied its agency-level protest. The protester contended that: (1) GSA amended the solicitation without notifying it of the need to submit an increased bid guarantee; (2) it did not become aware of the basis for protest until GSA clarified the decision; and (3) since it was unfamiliar with protest procedures, GAO should have waived any timeliness requirements. GAO held that: (1) the protester untimely filed its protest more than 10 days after it became aware of its basis for protest; and (2) the protester's lack of knowledge of procurement regulations was not sufficient reason to waive the timeliness requirements. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.