[Request for Recovery of Bid and Protest Preparation Costs]

B-238168: Apr 4, 1990

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A firm claimed reimbursement for its bid and protest preparation costs pursuant to a cancelled Army solicitation for fire alarm repair and replacement, contending that: (1) the solicitation was inadequate, inappropriate, and violated federal statutes and regulations; (2) it was the low bidder; and (3) the Army unreasonably solicited bids based on defective specifications. GAO held that: (1) the Army did not issue the solicitation in bad faith; (2) the Army's negligence did not provide a basis to allow recovery of costs; and (3) the Army properly cancelled the solicitation, which was an appropriate remedy. Accordingly, the claim was denied.

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