[Protest of Army Contract Award for Mechanical Housings for Tank Engines]

B-234403.2: Oct 31, 1989

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A firm protested an Army contract award for tank engine housings, contending that the awardee's bid was nonresponsive because: (1) a clerical employee of the awardee's subcontractor signed the bid for the awardee's president; and (2) the awardee failed to properly complete various certifications and failed to submit a standard form that included the bid acceptance period. GAO held that: (1) the Army properly determined the legitimacy of the bid signature after bid opening; (2) the errors and omissions in the awardee's certifications were minor irregularities curable after bid opening; and (3) while the awardee did not submit the standard form, it included a responsive bid acceptance period elsewhere in its bid. Accordingly, the protest was denied.