[Protest of AID Refusal to Accept Late Offer]

B-236386: Nov 22, 1989

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A firm protested the Agency for International Development's (AID) rejection of its late bid for printing and bindery services, contending that AID: (1) advised it to submit its bid after it received two solicitation amendments, but failed to send it the solicitation amendments; and (2) improperly excluded it from submitting a revised bid in response to a third solicitation amendment AID issued after bid opening. GAO held that: (1) the protester was not required to follow AID oral advice, which correctly informed it of an extended bid opening date; (2) the protester bore the risk of not receiving the solicitation amendments and did not show that AID deliberately attempted to exclude it from competition; and (3) AID properly excluded the protester from submitting a revised bid, since it did not timely submit its initial bid. Accordingly, the protest was denied.