[Protest of Army Cancellation of Solicitation for Household Goods Transportation]

B-229894,B-229906: Apr 26, 1988

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A firm protested the Army's cancellation of a solicitation and subsequent resolicitation and contract award for household goods transportation, contending that the Army: (1) improperly cancelled the solicitation and resolicited the requirement with a changed wage determination; (2) failed to promptly award the contract; (3) failed to provide adequate bid preparation time under the resolicitation; and (4) improperly allowed another bidder to correct its bid. The protester also contended that the awardee's inquiry regarding the solicitation's wage determination gave it a competitive advantage in the resolicitation. GAO held that the Army: (1) properly cancelled the solicitation, since its wage determination was erroneous and correction would result in savings to the government; (2) did not unreasonably delay award, since it needed to resolve the erroneous wage determination; (3) reasonably allowed another bidder to correct the solicitation number on its bid prior to bid opening; and (4) did not provide any information to the awardee that gave it a competitive advantage. GAO also held that the protester untimely filed its protest regarding bid preparation time. Accordingly, the protest was denied in part and dismissed in part.