[Decision Concerning Claim for Recovery of Protest Costs]

B-228468.3: Aug 22, 1989

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A firm requested a decision regarding the amount it was entitled to recover for legal fees it incurred pursuant to its sustained protest of an Army contract award. The protester contended that it could not reach a settlement with the Army, which contended that the protester's claim appeared exorbitant in light of the limited protest issues. GAO held that the: (1) protester properly documented its attorneys' rates and number of hours worked, neither of which appeared beyond the bounds of those other attorneys claimed; and (2) applicable regulations did not allow for reimbursement of costs incurred for pursuing a claim. Accordingly, the claim was allowed in part.