[Protest of GSA Solicitation Cancellation]

B-240831: Dec 17, 1990

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A firm protested the General Services Administration's (GSA) cancellation of a solicitation for janitorial services, contending that GSA: (1) lacked a compelling reason for cancelling the solicitation and should have awarded it the contract as the low responsive bidder; or (2) in the alternative, should reimburse it for its bid preparation costs. GAO held that: (1) GSA reasonably cancelled the solicitation after resolving performance problems under an original agreement; (2) GSA reasonably issued the solicitation prior to terminating its original agreement, to ensure the continuous provision of services; and (3) there was no basis upon which to reimburse the protester for its bid preparation costs. Accordingly, the protest and claim were denied.