[Request for Reconsideration of Denied Protest of NIDA Rejection of Proposal as Late]

B-236490.2: Dec 6, 1989

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A firm requested reconsideration of its denied protest of a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) rejection of its bid as late. GAO had held the: (1) mail delivery problems that caused the bid to be late did not constitute government mishandling; and (2) protester untimely filed after bid opening its protest against alleged solicitation improprieties. In its request for reconsideration, the protester contended that there was an impropriety in the contractor selection procedures, since one of the awardee's personnel was a former program director at NIDA. GAO held that the protester: (1) failed to show any factual or legal errors in the original decision; and (2) was not sufficiently interested to protest, since it would not be in line for award even if its protest were sustained. Accordingly, the request for reconsideration was denied.