[Protest of Army Contract Award for Test Units]

B-228303: Jan 15, 1988

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A firm protested an Army contract award for test units, contending that the Army should have: (1) notified it of an obvious error in its low bid; and (2) allowed it to verify whether it submitted the bid on the basis of first-article approval. GAO held that the: (1) Army improperly determined that award to the second low bidder was most advantageous to the government; (2) Army improperly failed to conduct discussions to determine which bid offered the lowest overall cost; and (3) protester was entitled to reimbursement for its bid and protest preparation costs, since no other corrective action was appropriate. Accordingly, the protest was sustained.