[Protest of Army Rejection of Bid for Closed Circuit Television]

B-228356: Jan 6, 1988

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A firm protested the Army's rejection of its bid for closed circuit television systems as nonresponsive, contending that the: (1) solicitation's specifications were imprecise; (2) Army provided only verbal clarification of the solicitation requirements; and (3) Army should have considered its bid, since it was low. GAO held that the: (1) protester untimely filed its protest concerning the defective specifications; (2) Army properly rejected the protester's bid, since it failed to make an unequivocal offer; and (3) importance of maintaining integrity in the competitive bidding process outweighed any cost advantage in accepting a nonresponsive bid. Accordingly, the protest was denied.