[Protest of Army Cancellation of Solicitation for Explosive Agent Subsystems]

B-227033,B-227034: Aug 4, 1987

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A firm protested the Army's cancellation of a solicitation for explosive agent subsystems and contract awards to two other firms under a similar solicitation, contending that the: (1) cancellation violated a congressional requirement to conduct certain tests of the subsystems with appropriated funds; (2) Army based the cancellation on an inaccurate cost comparison; and (3) Army failed to hold meaningful discussions with it. GAO held that: (1) since the appropriation act did not specify the use of funds for testing purposes, the Army was not statutorily required to test the subsystems; (2) the protester failed to show that the Army's cost comparison was inaccurate; and (3) the protester untimely filed the allegation concerning the Army's failure to conduct discussions more than 10 days after it became aware of the basis for protest. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.